Monthly Archives: June 2012

Stars on Parade: Beauty on the Red Carpet

Keira Knightley in Valentino

Keira Knightley at the premiere of ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’

There were quite a few movie premieres, red carpet events, and awards shows going on all over the place in the last week. We cherry picked a few looks from here and there, but this is by no means something from every one! Celebs were turning out for the premieres of the new HBO series, Newsroom, and the movies  Rock of Ages (feel free to comment if there was something you want us to write about; we didn’t see anything to get excited about), To Rome With Love (Penelope Cruz looked fabulous in a golden Michael Kors gown), Ted (Mila Kunis looked so sexy in a plunging Dior mini), and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (Keira Knightley looked a-mazing in a taupe tulle Valentino embroidered with colorful flowers).


Keira’s makeup and hairpiece were by Chanel; Chanel’s makeup artist Katie Lee used some products that aren’t even available yet, like the shade of Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Abstraction that won’t be available until November.

Keira Knightley's makeup at the film premiere was by Chanel makeup artist Katie Lee

Chanel makeup artist Katie Lee did Keira Knightley’s makeup

But you can get a similar look right now by using Coral Cove from the Romance Variety Kit, a beautiful wash of summery coral rose and beige with a subtle chocolate liner, perfect for a romantic summer smoky look as delicate as a rose petal. Use a an eyeliner brush to pick up some of the extra creamy mineral shadow left on the clear cover sheet and line under the lower lashes as well. Lee curled Keira’s lashes and applied Chanel’s Inimitable waterproof mascara just at the base of her lashes, then applied a combination of individual false and strip lashes. With the built in liner in your ColorOn application, using multiple coats of mascara should suffice unless you are comfortable with applying false lashes (we’re all thumbs with the things).

Keira has fabulous brows that require nothing but grooming; if she needed to fix or fill them in, she’s be a BrowPro Full Dark.

Lee used a combination of Terry Rose De Rose cheek tint topped with Chanel Powder Blush in Tumulte for a pop of pink on the apples of her cheeks. She finished the look with Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in Liberte.

On top of the premieres, we had award shows – the Daytime Emmys (we’ll get to those next week), The Critics’ Choice Television Awards (ditto), Canada’s MuchMusic Video Awards, the 14th Annual Young Hollywood Awards, the Broadcast TV Journalists Association Critics’ Choice Awards, the 2012 Crystal + Lucy Awards, and some we probably didn’t hear about.

Canada’s MuchMusic Video Awards brought out some costume-y fashions, but it was accompanied by some rockin’ hair and makeup…

Carly Rae Jepsen at the MuchMusic VMAs

Carly Rae Jepsen at the MuchMusic VMAs


Carly Rae Jepsen, who up to this point has been getting some very favorable reviews for her sartorial choices at the various music award shows, veered off the tasteful path she’d been forging with this look: at first we thought it was leather, or pleather, but on further examination it appears to be one of those sparkly coated fabrics. The halter neckline and embellished collar, the double thigh-high slits, and the heavy panda eyeliner are quite the change for the “Call Me Maybe” singer.

Carly Rae Jepsen's MuchMusic makeup

Carly Rae Jepsen’s MuchMusic makeup

We suppose she’s tired of the “sweet young girl singer” label, but that’s how she’s been marketed. At 26, guess that’s starting to chafe a bit; we don’t believe she won “Canadian Idol,” but she did place in the Top 3, so we’re sure whatever record and management deal came out of that, it probably outlined exactly how she would be presented.

Anyway. The dress is meh, and her makeup is a bit hard; she should have gone with a softer look to balance out the biker/rocker vibe of the dress. She looked so much better at the Billboard Awards back in May. At least she kept to the rule: strong eyes, muted lips. If you like the look, you can get it by using ColorOn’s Noche from the Smoky Classics Variety Kit. Dab a bit of our Smooth Arctic Silver Shimmer loose mineral pigment in the inner corners of the eyes to brighten up the look, then line the inner rims of the eyes with black kohl. Add lots of black mascara, and a light touch of pink cream blush to the apples of the cheeks.

Finish with a slick of pink lip color; depending on your preference, you can go with one of the chubby pencil stains (Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain or Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Stain are great!), one of the gel glosses that wear longer and aren’t super shiny (Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain at the spendy end, and Maybelline New York SuperStay 10HR Stain Gloss at your drugstore), or a sheer lippie in a stain or sheer finish – just keep it close to your natural lip color, no shimmer, nothing too bright or dramatic. This look is about the eyes.

Katy Perry in VAWK at the MuchMusic VMAs in Toronto

Katy Perry in VAWK at the MuchMusic VMAs


Sporting another biker/rocker/warrior princess (Fashion Critic over at Red Carpet Fashion Awards referred to it as “futuristic gladiator”) look was Katy Perry, who is maintaining the deep purple hair, even though we believe this particular look to be a wig (the bangs, the variegated black and purple stripes, and the extreme length are dead giveaways; Katy’s hair before and after this event lacked all three). Now, this is a couture gown from VAWK’s Resort 2012 collection (whereas Carly’s dress looks like it came from Hot Topic – sorry, Carly fans, we know it didn’t and probably cost more than we’d spend on all the dresses we’d buy in an entire YEAR, but it looks cheap), comprised of a black mini dress with a gold laser-cut halter bib (which one could see right through, showing off Katy’s famous assets), and a flowing chiffon skirt that fell from an empire waist. We thought it was well-suited to Katy, and was an improvement over some of her previous choices; she was there to perform, but she also collected two awards for “Favorite International Artist” and “International Video of the Year,” so maybe this gown had to be appropriate for both? We didn’t research long enough to find out whether this was strictly her red-carpet look.

Moving on. We like Katy’s makeup so much better ever since she went Purple Velvet (as her colorist Rita Hazan named it). One thing we will say for Katy: she lavishes attention on her brows. If your brows do not look like this, add BrowPro in the proper color and thickness to you next order, stat (Katy is a Full Dark, of course). Instead of multiple products or expensive all-in-one brow kits containing gel, pencils, powders, wax, and brow-shaping stencils (all of which Katy’s makeup artist likely uses to get such perfect shape and symmetry), all you need is ColorOn’s all-in-one-application BrowPro, which colors, defines, shapes, and holds the eyebrows in place.

Katy's MuchMusic makeup

Katy’s MuchMusic makeup

As for her eye makeup, it’s quite subtle – and pretty. You can get a similar look with ColorOn’s Finesse  from the Eye Envy Rhapsody in Grey Kit, a smoky sunset palette of delicate rose shading to plush grey that blend into a smoked violet in the crease. Dip an eyeliner brush in either our Smooth Black Star Gold Shimmer (for a more bronzed shade) or Smooth Monarch Gold Shimmer (for a true 14-karat gold) loose mineral pigments and line under the lower lashes. Depending on your preference, you can either use a black liquid liner, or our Smooth Black Shimmer and a wet eyeliner brush, to draw a heavy swooped line along the upper lash line, flicking it up at the outer corners.

Katy’s plush lash look calls for either eyelash extensions, a strip of false lashes, or many coats of black mascara. Pick up the rosy tones of from Finesse with a touch of a matte cream blush in a flushed rose, and finish the look with a rose lip liner and matching shimmer-free, satin-finish lipstick.    

Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier at the Young Hollywood Awards

Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier at the Young Hollywood Awards


Ginnifer Goodwin rocked bright pink lips at the Young Hollywood Awards, where she won the “Style Icon Award” – an accolade we think she definitely deserves. The Once Upon a Time and Big Love star looked amazing in a demure white lace Monique Lhuillier Resort 2013 dress and black Louboutin pumps, with her signature pixie cut and hot pink matte lips.

Ginnifer's always-perfect makeup

Ginnifer’s always-perfect makeup

Keeping to the “strong lip, soft eye” rule, you can recreate Ginnifer’s subtle eye makeup by using Bermuda from the Eye Envy Flaunt Variety Kit, a creamy sundae for the eye with yummy pink and cool beige topped with a dark chocolate liner.

Curl your lashes, and add mascara – one coat on the lower lashes, and multiple coats on the upper lashes. Ginnifer’s brows are always perfectly groomed and filled with brow powder; she’s a BrowPro Medium Dark.

Ginnifer’s snow-white complexion (how could we resist?) needs only the barest hint of a creamy pink blush to give her a pop of color in the same family as her lips. It is blended well, up and out along the cheekbone toward the temple.

To Get Ginnifer’s matte pink lips try Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar  in Anime or NARS Schiap.

All of the colors mentioned (as well as your shade of BrowPro) 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.

Emma Stone in Rome

Bottega Veneta, Rome

Emma's Rome makeup

Rome makeup


Emma Stone has been taking Europe and Asia by storm over the last 10 days, attending the overseas premieres of The Amazing Spiderman – most recently…

…in Rome, dressed in a stunning Bottega Veneta Fall 2012 gown

Emma Stone, Dolce & Gabbana, Madrid

Dolce & Gabbana, Madrid

…in Madrid wearing a Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012 crochet and embroidered dress

Emma's Madrid makeup

Madrid makeup

…in Berlin, clad in a chic custom-made Andrew Gn white cocktail dress

Emma, Andrew Gn, Berlin

Andrew Gn, Berlin

…in Paris, wearing a Gucci Fall 2012 gown, the “goth” look that has been most controversial

Emma's Berlin makeup

Berlin makeup

…in London dressed in a plunging Elie Saab jumpsuit from his Fall 2012 collection

…in Moscow wearing a sheer pale blue Emilio Pucci Fall 2012 dress

…Seoul, South Korea dressed in a Fendi Pre-Fall 2012 black-and-grey on white print mini dress critics didn’t favor

Emma, Gucci, Paris

Gucci, Paris

Emma's Paris makeup

Paris makeup

…and starting out in Tokyo in a truly unfortunate Rochas “pouf” dress; but the sparkly pink Louboutins were wonderful.

Emma, Elie Saab, London

Elie Saab, London

Emma's London makeup

London makeup

On top of the premiere outfits, there were her photo call ensembles, which were generally reviewed very favorably.

Emma, Pucci, Moscow

Pucci, Moscow

Moscow makeup

Moscow makeup

But imagine traveling to that many cities one day after the next, enthusiastically promoting the movie over and over like each time was the first — and remember, they’ve ALREADY DONE THIS in the U.S. — answering the same questions about the movie and her relationship with her co-star (and now significant other) Andrew Garfield, and having her makeup, hair, and clothing under the microscope of every fashion critic from the traditional print outlets, TV, and the blogosphere.

Fendi, Seoul

Fendi, Seoul

Seoul makeup

Seoul makeup

Yes, it’s her job, but that doesn’t make it easier. You have to give the woman points for incredible poise – she’s only 23.

Rochas, Tokyo

Rochas, Tokyo

Tokyo makeup

Tokyo makeup

So, here are the outfits, and some tighter shots of her makeup and hair (be sure to click and open the images to full size!). Enjoy them as much as we have, and have a beautiful week.

Oh, The Drama…Beauty and Fashion at The 66th Annual Tony Awards

Five-Time Tony Award Winner, Audra McDonald

Five-Time Tony Award Winner, Audra McDonald

Last weekend’s 66th Annual Tony Awards were a sweep for the musical version of the Broadway adaptation of the 2007 Academy Award-winning film Once. It’s not often a film is turned into a Broadway show; that street tends to run in the opposite direction. It was a groundbreaking night for another reason: actress Audra McDonald won her fifth Tony Award, this time for Best Actress in a Revival of a Musical for her work in Porgy and Bess, tying Angela Lansbury (age 86) and Julie Harris (age 87), who also has a Special Tony Lifetime Achievement Award from 2002. What makes this record all the more amazing? Audra McDonald is 41; she’s appeared in only 10 Broadway shows and won Tonys for HALF OF THEM; and she is the only black actress to ever win five Tony Awards (but again, only two other actresses have won five; wouldn’t it be absolutely wonderful to hope that at least this milieu is color blind?)

So, who looked amazing, who looked shocking, and who should be embarrassed? Let’s jump right in…

Audra McDonald looked beautifully understated in a one-shouldered ESosa gown (Porgy and Bess’s costume designer) in a gorgeous shade of electric blue. Just so you can drop this into casual conversation, Audra’s previous four Tony wins were for Raisin In The Sun, Master Class, and the musicals Ragtime and Carousel. With her hair down and flowing in soft waves, and minimal DeBeers jewels, she looks positively regal with the almost Grecian cut to her dress. Just as elegant and understated is her makeup, which lets the color of her dress carry the evening, and sticks to tones of cool grey and black for the eyes, and a cool silvery pink gloss on her lips. 

Audra McDonald in ESosa, costume designers for Porgy and Bess

Audra McDonald in ESosa, costume designers for Porgy and Bess

To recreate the same eye makeup, choose Noche from ColorOn’s Eye Envy Smoky Variety Kit, but confine your application to the eyelid, crease and just onto the lower brow bone. Avoid applying the lightest shadows on the upper brow bone and below the eyebrow itself; instead, let your natural skin tone show above the deepest shade, blending well after you peel the applicator away. Then take an eyeliner brush and dip it into the remaining creamy mineral shadow left on the clear cover sheet, and line under the lower lashes from the inner corner to the outer corner of each eye, flicking up slightly at the very end.

Add black kohl to the waterlines of the upper and lower rims if you are comfortable wearing it and it doesn’t irritate your eyes. Apply two coats of black mascara to the top lashes, allowing the lashes to dry in between, and unless your bottom lashes are completely invisible, skip mascara on the lowers. Use BrowPro  if necessary to fill and groom your brows to balance out such intense eye makeup. Audra’s makeup artist chose a cool orchid cream blush to highlight to tops of her cheekbones, which nicely carries through to her silvery pink lipgloss that allows the natural color of her lips to show through and give the shade some depth and sophistication.

Film actress Amanda Seyfried, who was part of the opening number with third-time host Neil Patrick Harris, is portraying Cosette in the Broadway-to-big-screen adaptation of Les Miserables (for which Anne Hathaway has received a tremendous amount of attention for shaving off her trademark chestnut mane and dropping an alarming amount of weight).

The original Givenchy on the Fall 2012 runway; Amanda Seyfried at the 2012 Tony Awards

The original Givenchy on the Fall 2012 runway; Amanda Seyfried at the 2012 Tony Awards

Amanda’s red carpet look was a straight-off-the-runway purple slip dress with gold embellished details by Givenchy, which we first assumed she or her misguided stylist ruined by cinching it with a hideously cheap-looking orange/red pleather belt, then adding insult to injury with a matching box clutch. Turns out we were mistaken. Gaze upon the original look from the Givenchy Fall 2012 runway. That heinous belt was part of the original styling!

Amanda’s a stunning girl, with those humongous blue/green eyes and masses of honey-colored hair. Had she dumped the belt, stuck with the original runway boots (we would have sported the gloves and choker as well, but we’re a bit off that way), worn her hair down, and let that crimson lip be her pop of shocking color, we think the look really could have worked. But no one is EVER going to get past that belt. Ever. Even Amanda looks as if she’s having second thoughts in every shot from the event.

Amanda Seyfried's makeup, up close

Amanda Seyfried’s makeup, up close

With a lip this vibrant and strong, and an otherwise overwhelming color palette, at least her makeup artist did not make the mistake of choosing any eye drama other that multiple coats of black mascara to her lush young lashes. We detect a slight dusting of translucent powder with the tiniest bit of shimmer to give her a luminous glow whilst keeping Amanda from getting shiny under the stage lights, but that’s it (colorOn’s Setting Powder #2 would do the trick). Her brows are filled and groomed – Amanda’s a BrowPro Full Light  – and the rest of her face perfected but otherwise also bare.

We’re sure someone will pop up within moments of reading this post to blast us for our less-than-perfect recall, but we cannot remember EVER seeing Sheryl Crow dressed like this. Sure, she’s worn a gown or two to the Grammys and the CMTs and other fancy award shows, but we cannot remember ever seeing her in something so …Hollywood as this Marchesa illusion gown she donned to present the Tony for Best Original Score (yes, technically she’s in New York, on Broadway, and it’s nicknamed “The Great White Way,” blah blah blah pedantic-cakes). Add the even more ladylike ‘do, and this is just not the Sheryl Crow who …”still gets stoned; I’m not the kind of girl you take home…”

Sheryl Crow in Marchesa and someone else's hair at the Tony Awards

Sheryl Crow in Marchesa and someone else’s hair at the Tony Awards

She looks like she’s never worn a pair of leather jeans or snogged Eric Clapton or played the bass onstage in Central Park. Frankly, we don’t care for it much, but if we’re just scoring technical points, the dress’s drop waist compensates well for Crow’s athletic, short-waisted build and almost covers her prominent and bony décolleté while showing off her very toned, guitar-player arms.

And here comes the aside…

When you’ve just entered your sixth decade on the planet (or even your fifth, and with some, just wrapping up the fourth), a little body fat stops being the enemy and starts becoming your friend; otherwise, you get that overly drawn look that characterizes certain celebs who work out excessively, and/or have lipo’d all their body fat away, and now look as if they’re made from beef jerky, tendons, and leather, with weirdly collapsed belly buttons – but have lovely plumped faces and plump fake breasts. Big points to Sheryl for not going the implant route, IOHO. They would have gotten in the way of her guitar and bass playing, although CLC just slings her guitar low and pretends it’s because she’s all “one of the guys.” But not, because she also puts her foot up on the amp like the guys, but only while wearing a dress and no knickers. Such a paradox, that one, yet we love them both for their respective talents, as opposite as they may be.

ANYWAY. The navy sequins and skirt play well with Sheryl’s sunny blonde strands and California-girl coloring (yes, we know she’s from Missouri). Her makeup is, as always, very subtle yet expertly applied (something we’ve noted and admired since the record company made Sheryl over circa her second album in 1996, and some of it stuck). So, it’s a technical win. But Sheryl just doesn’t really look like Sheryl. This looks like Sheryl:

The "real" Sheryl Crow

The “real” Sheryl Crow

Back to the makeup. Other than a heavier-than-usual application of powder (a trend we noticed in going through the images from the Tonys; must be a stage thing?), this is where Sheryl looks most like herself – pinky nude lipstick with a matching lip liner, expertly applied bronzer, nicely groomed and filled brows, curled lashes and plenty of black mascara, and just a touch of golden/bronze shadow on the eyelids and below the lashes. You can get the same sunkissed look by starting with either ColorOn’s 14 Karat (subtle and golden) or Bronze Goddess (deeper bronze shimmer), both from the Metallics Variety Kit. Using flat-edged “push” brush or a pointed eyeshadow brush, dip it in the creamy mineral shadows left on the clear cover sheet, and line below the lower lashes. This will especially make blue or green eyes pop like Sheryl’s do. Make sure your bronzer and lippy are shimmer-free – no tan ever has sparkles, and shimmer on the eyes is plenty.

And since this was Sheryl’s first public appearance since announcing she’d been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor (after forgetting the lyrics to her own songs, which provoked some pretty unkind coverage for which some supposed “journalists” should be abjectly apologizing for lacking any pretense to objectivity, integrity, or journalistic ethics), we really feel like taking it all back and just saying, “If it makes you happy…”

Bernadette Peters in Donna Karan

Bernadette Peters in Donna Karan

Bernadette Peters, who was both a presenter and the recipient of the Isabelle Stevenson Award, wore a delicious royal purple Donna Karan strapless gown with a pleated detail across the top of sweetheart-shaped bodice, which then slithered down to a mermaid hemline and “tail,” making the most of the petite actress’s famous curves. Can you believe she’s 64?!? We have nothing more to say other than “Brava!”

She’s absolutely perfect, doesn’t look as if she’s had any major work done (Botox does NOT count when you’re 64 and looking like this, ladies), and is wearing minimal makeup – most of which is on her lips in the form of a glossy copper that matches her signature curls. She wears a major brow, which is nicely groomed and filled – Bernadette would be a BrowBro Full Light  — but her makeup artist knows better than to load her up with a lot of eye makeup, so other than plenty of black mascara, all we can detect is a bit of nude shadow and perhaps a swipe of a metallic copper pencil below the lower lashes.

Bernadette Peters' Tony makeup

Bernadette Peters’ Tony makeup

BTW, we learn the most amazing stuff researching these posts. When we needed to find out Bernadette’s age, we discovered that “Peters” is a stage name; her given last name is Lazarra but ethnic names were discouraged when she first started acting, and casting agents told her she didn’t look the least bit Italian anyway. Regardless, we’re hoping to look half as fine as she does when we’re 64…

Presenter and Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain wears a shockingly sheer Mario Schwab dress, Harry Winston jewels, and ultra-hot Giuseppe Zanotti silver peep-toe platforms. The Help and Madagascar 3 actress (Do we need to remind you which film nabbed her the Oscar nod? Didn’t think so…) will make her Broadway debut in The Heiress this fall. Jessica’s red carpet choices have been well-reviewed and generally fashion-forward without resorting to the usual “look at me NOW” fallbacks such as cutouts, plunging necklines, sky-high slits, strategically placed sequins, etc. – until the Tonys. She could have opted to line the dress, but instead chose to wear it as the designer sent it down the runway, with a barely there flesh-colored corset.

Full frontal Jessica Chastain

Full frontal Jessica Chastain

While the consensus is that this was just too much Jessica, our criticism isn’t that we can see a whole lotta’ the ladies – it’s that the dress is extraordinarily ill-fitting; this is not an off-the-rack situation! Wow, do you have any idea how many times we proofed this post before we even caught that one? It gets a pass for sneaking  by so may times.

Jessica has a beautiful figure, yet the cut of the design nips in tightly at the waist that it gives her spillover above and below (in more colloquial slang, a muffin top and a pooch, respectively), which has absolutely no camouflage when the rest of the outfit is essentially composed of sheer white netting and a scattering of sequins. We find it hard to believe that Jessica suddenly put on that many pounds after being fitted for the dress; she just returned from Cannes and everything she wore there was exquisitely tailored (Gucci, Armani Prive, Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen). So…

Aside from the epic fitting fail on the dress — really, we’re pretty neutral on the reveal – Jessica’s hair and makeup are gorgeous. She flirted for a week or two with a much brighter shade of red, then went running back to her more strawberry/copper tones, which we agree are more flattering with her flawless, peaches-and-cream complexion (truly, this is what the term was coined to describe). She just doesn’t need to be that flamboyant; part of what makes her so watchable is that the longer you look at her, the more gorgeous she gets.

A closer look at Jessica Chastain'

A closer look at Jessica Chastain’s…makeup

So, training our eyes above the neckline, we have cascading waves of her stunningly beautiful and enviably healthy, thick hair framing her face. Jessica plays up her eyes, usually wearing barely there lipcolors in nudes, peaches and pinks, with the occasional foray into brights – but that’s the exception, not the rule. And with such a delicately constructed dress and a shocking amount of her own skin on display, anything more than washes of color would seem garish.

Her makeup artist once again did his or her best to tame Jessica’s very straight, almost downward-growing and sparse browns with auburn pencil and powder, but statement brows will never be a part of her look. To recreate the wash of colors comprising her eye makeup, you have two options. You could try ColorOn’s Swept Away from the Dreams Variety Kit, a beautiful and tranquil yet deeply sexy look with a wash of the palest turquoise shading along the browbone to a golden sand in the crease, onto the lid and inner corner, with a swoop of deep bittersweet sienna liner for a warmly sensual look. If cooler tones are what your coloring calls for, try Amethysts & White Gold from the Jewels Variety Kit, a beautifully icy, sophisticated look shading from shimmer pearl at the inner corner and below the brow to deep amethyst glimmering outward from the lid, into the crease and up onto the browbone toward the temple. The look is finished with a sweep of deep platinum liner.

Jessica adds two coats of black mascara to her upper lashes to further enhance the upper liner, using a single coat of brown mascara on the lower lashes for a bit of definition only. A pretty salmon/coral cream blush is blended into the apples of her cheeks for a healthy flush, and a satin lipstick in the same color family gives her lips a sophisticated finish – again, gloss would be garish and look cheap under the circumstances. By wearing such ladylike makeup and softly casual hair, the impact of the Mario Schwab dress is increased exponentially.

Laura Bell Bundy and the gown from fugly...

Laura Bell Bundy and the gown from fugly…

Oh, the hideousness of this gown – there’s nothing royal about this purple! This is bourgie purple, cheap lipstick purple, 99-cent nail polish purple. We couldn’t find a single blog or website that named the designer; it’s likely been scrubbed out of abject embarrassment at the scathing reviews. This is the second time in two weeks we’ve seen Laura Bell Bundy show up at an awards ceremony in something we first assumed might be a sort of post-modern, tongue-in-cheek joke (Google her outfit at the 2012 CMT Music Awards from June 6) referencing her biggest claim to fame – playing Elle Woods in the Broadway adaptation of the Reese Witherspoon film Legally Blonde.  In fact, we’ll just go ahead and quote the Goddesses of Snark over at Go Fug Yourself on this one:

“Jessica recently took Noted Kook Laura Bell Bundy here to task for dressing like she’s still playing Elle Woods on Broadway. To that (Heather) would like to add, ‘dressing like a Miss USA also-ran who is ten minutes from being disqualified for a past that’s not trashy enough.’”

So, we’ll skip the litany of wrongness that this dress is from bedazzled bodice to shiny taffeta train, and focus on Laura’s hair and makeup. We prefer her without the bangs; they’re a bit twee. Back in April at the Academy of Country Music Awards, she looked much better with a low, messy side-chignon, and a quick skim through the gallery at proves us right about her looking better without bangs (and finding a killer colorist/stylist circa 2009), and that since that same time, her makeup has been pretty stellar. Regardless of the outfit, she figured out (or someone told her) what works for her: shimmery pastels that don’t overwhelm yet bring out her unusually colored, uptilted light blue/green eyes; a strong winged brow, perfectly groomed; a subtle cheek color, often a muted bronzer; and a nude/pinkish nude/plummy nude lip. Like Sheryl Crow, we deeply admire someone who plays to their strengths and doesn’t fall for every trend but instead opts to look their very best every time.

Laura Bell Bundy's makeup makes up for the gown...

Laura Bell Bundy’s makeup makes up for the gown…

At the 66th Annual Tony Awards, Laura Bell Bundy looked beautiful from the neck up and from the bangs down. You can get a similar look by starting with ColorOn’s Finesse from the Eye Envy Rhapsody in Grey Variety Kit, a smoky sunset palette of delicate rose and plush grey that combine into beautiful tones of rosy amethyst with a smoky grey undertone at the lash line. Blend so that the most intense grey is closest to the upper lashes, and the rose and purple tones blend upward toward the browbone. Laura has very heavy lashes, and a couple of coats of black mascara eliminate the need for line below the lower lashes altogether. You can always use an eyeliner brush to apply some of the remaining creamy mineral shadows left on the cover film along the lower lash line of you prefer that look. Her brows are very groomed and lightly filled – Laura is a BrowBro Full Light, and in this instance, she’s used a a creamy plum blush on the apples of her cheeks for a touch of flushed color. The look is completed with a sheer plum gloss/balm – not too shiny, but sheerer than a lipstick.

All of the colors mentioned, as well as the BrowPro product, 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.

We’ll be back next week with the best looks from Canada’s Much Music Awards, The Young Hollywood Awards, and any interesting looks from the various summer movie premieres. In the meantime, have a bit of hot fun in the summertime…

Award-Winning Makeup from the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards and MTV Movie Awards

Zoe Saldana and Prabal Gurung at the CFDA Fashion Awards

Zoe Saldana and Prabal Gurung at the CFDA Fashion Awards

It was quite the week for award shows, believe it or not. The generally accepted “Award Show Season” begins in January and wraps with the Academy Awards at the very end of February (sometimes as late as the first week of March). The rest of the year is sporadically peppered with a few notables: the American Country Music Awards and the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards in April; the Met Gala, the Billboard Music Awards and the Cannes Film Festival in May; the Tony Awards (which are happening as we write this post) in June, the EMMYs and the VMAs in September, and the American Music Awards in November.

But this week saw a trifecta of award shows of – shall we say – descending sartorial sophistication: The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards, The MTV Movie Awards, and The CMT Music Awards. Having looked at hundreds of images from the three events, we dismissed covering the CMT Awards out of hand – the only worthy outfit was worn by host Kristen Bell (a stunning Reem Acra), and the only makeup worth mentioning was Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum (and it was as it always is; flawless, perfectly applied, totally understated, made the most of her amazing green eyes and dark hair). The rest of the fashions and beauty at the CMTs ranged from embarrassing to ridiculous (oh, sure, there were some passable components, but how’s that for damning with faint praise?).

So, we move along.

The more “interesting” fashions were at the MTV Movie Awards, mostly because there isn’t anywhere near the pressure at this event as the CFDA Fashion Awards. As host Seth Myers put it at the CFDAs (dressed, we might note, in the same sheer black lace Comme des Garcons dress and white boxers that Marc Jacobs wore to The Met Gala), “Fashion people like hating things more than they like liking things.”

Charlize Theron at the MTV Movie Awards

Charlize Theron at the MTV Movie Awards

Only Charlize Theron could really be held up as having dressed really “formally” for the MTV Movie Awards in her red Lanvin frock. Even so, her eye makeup was a beautifully understated palette of shimmery warm gold and bronze. You can recreate a similar look with ColorOn’s 14 Karat if you are fair-to medium-skinned, or Bronze Goddess if you are olive to deep-skinned, both from the Metallics Variety Kit. Using an domed eyeshadow brush (something heavier than an eyeliner brush), dip it in the creamy mineral shadows left on the clear cover sheet, and line below the lower lashes outward toward the temple, and around the inner corners of the eye. If you are blonde like Charlize or have sparse brows, apply our BrowPro instant eyebrow applicators in the proper thickness and shade to color, define, shape, and hold the brows in place. Finish with dark brown or black mascara, again depending on your brow color.

Add a swirl of neutral, matte bronzer to the tops of the cheeks (or just under the cheekbones as a contour if you don’t have Charlize’s chiseled bone structure) and a swipe of satin bronze lipstick – no shimmer if you can manage it, or minimal (you could even switch to a caramel gloss to avoid the shimmer).

Kristen Stewart at the MTV Movie Awards

Kristen Stewart at the MTV Movie Awards

The undisputed Mistress of the Smoky Eye is Kristen Stewart, who we’ve watched go from absolutely no makeup circa the first Twilight movie to a Balenciaga-wearing, edgy, slightly grunge-y (that’s a compliment) adult, although she is still apt to kick off her high heels halfway through any given event to swap for Converse or Keds, regardless of how formal the gown. Wearing a fitted metallic silver GUiSHEM mini with geometric chartreuse, purple and black accents, Kristen (like Charlize, her co-star in Snow White and the Huntsman and press junket co-conspirator) intensified her green eyes with metallic bronze eye makeup, which also picked up the red highlights in her hair. Use ColorOn’s Bronze Goddess from the Metallics Variety Kit, blending out and upward for a bit of a cat’s eye shape. Using a very fine eyeliner brush dipped in the leftover mineral shadow on the cover film, line as closely as possible along the lower lashes, flicking upward at the outer corner. Line the upper and lower inner rims with Kristen’s signature black kohl and add plenty of black mascara.

When playing up her eyes like this, Kristen tends to leave the rest of her face virtually bare, with the barest hint of an orchid-petal cream blush and satin lipcolor in the same barely there shade.

At the CFDA Fashion Awards, it was also metallic eye makeup that stood out – one delicate and one smoky. Sensing a pattern?

Lily Collins at the CFDA Fashion Awards

Lily Collins at the CFDA Fashion Awards

Up-and-coming actress, fashionista, and the “other Snow White,” Lily Collins (yes, Phil Collins’ daughter, he of Genesis and “In the Air Tonight” fame) wore a short embroidered brocade Marchesa frock with a golden bird winging across the bodice, a regal ballerina-inspired topknot, and beautifully rendered rose-and-gold makeup that complemented her famously heavy natural winged brows, lush lashes, deep brown eyes, and dark espresso locks.

To create a similar look, start with a base of ColorOn’s Sunset Beach, a delicate wash of beige and coral shadows reminiscent of a sunset by the sea from the Bestsellers Variety Kit. Then take a bit of our Smooth Monarch Gold Shimmer loose mineral pigment and apply it to the inner corners of the upper lids. Curl your eyelashes and apply multiple coats of black mascara to the upper and lower lashes. Unless you were born with the same amazingly lush brows yet wish to get a similar look, choose our BrowPro instant eyebrow applicators in the proper shade, but pick the “full” thickness. BrowPro’s ability to color, define, shape, and hold the brows in place mean you can create a much fuller brow that you actually have – it was originally developed for women undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation who were losing or had lost their eyebrows altogether.

A matte rose blush in the same tonal family was swirled on Lily’s cheekbones and upward onto the temples. The look was completed with a beautiful satin rose lipstick applied with razor-sharp precision. Use either a matching lip liner or one of the clear lip liners that are genius at holding lipstick in place without feathering (for those of us with slightly older lips than these lovely ingénues).

Zoe Saldana's CFDA Fashion Awards makeup

Zoe Saldana’s CFDA Fashion Awards makeup

One of the drop-dead sexiest looks of the night – and there wasn’t a blogger or fashion editor who didn’t agree that we could find – was Zoe Saldana, who attended with Prabal Gurung whilst wearing his design, a floor length confection of sheer and opaque black panels with a plunging neckline that perfectly suited Zoe’s amazing dance-trained body. With her hair pulled back into a low chignon, Zoe’s already feline eyes were made more so by her winged cat’s-eye makeup, which was confined to her eyelids and the outer portion of her browbone, drawing the eye up and outward.

To get the same effect, start with ColorOn’s Noche from the Eye Envy Smoky Variety Kit, tilting the applicator at an angle so that you get a good deposit of the deep gray and black creamy mineral shadows into the inner corner of the eye angling slightly up and out toward the tail of the brow and temple, but confining your application on the eyelid below the crease. Once you peel away the applicator, blend into the classic cat’s-eye swoop at the outer edge. Then take our Smooth Black Star Blue Shimmer loose mineral pigment, a steely midnight blue, and dip a wet eyeliner brush into the pot, stroking a line from the inner corner of the eye along the upper lash line and widening out to follow the same cat’s-eye swoop, but staying much closer to the lashes.

Add black kohl to the inner rims of the upper and lower waterlines if you are comfortable wearing it and it doesn’t irritate your eyes. Apply two coats of black mascara to the top lashes, allowing the lashes to dry in between, and unless your bottom lashes are completely invisible, skip mascara on the lowers. Use BrowPro if necessary to fill and groom your brows to balance out such intense eye makeup.

To bring a touch of color to such graphic makeup, Zoe’s makeup artist used a flush of clear plummy gel blush on her cheekbones, and a matching clear plum lip balm or low-shine lip gloss on her lips.

All of the colors mentioned can be combined and purchased — along with BrowPro — 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.

Have a beautiful week!

Where There’s Smoke…

Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai

Yes, the 2012 Cannes Film Festival is history, but the pictures live on and on. Last week, we turned the spotlight on Freida Pinto’s run of fabulous makeup looks at the prestigious film gathering, as well as the bright lip trend. This week, as promised, we’ll show you some of the coolest/hottest smoky eyes from Cannes. They really ran the gamut from the classic heavy black-and-winged look to much more light-handed metallic looks that are easily adapted to real life.

First we have the Bollywood actress often labeled “the most beautiful woman in the world,” (we can get behind that assessment!), Aishwarya Rai. The former Miss World is at the center of a global controversy that started when her country’s press took her to task  for not losing weight quickly enough after the birth of her child, one even going so far as to post a video of pre- and post-pregnancy photos complete with elephants trumpeting. We found this astounding; as horribly judgmental, unsourced, and even dishonest as the U.S. gossip press can be, none of them will go directly on record to state so baldly that a celebrity is a poor representative of America due to her weight and that she has a DUTY to slim down quickly. Then again, the articles essentially say Aishwarya should follow the lead of Victoria Beckham and Angelina Jolie, who lost their baby weight in record time after the birth of their children – as if this is a realistic goal for ANYONE, ANYWHERE.

Aishwarya Rai's makeup

Aishwarya Rai’s makeup

And what does that have to do with makeup?

Not much; look at her! She is gorgeous. In fact, she is at Cannes this year as L’Oreal’s global representative – that’s right, she’s at Cannes not as an actress with a film in the competition, but as the face of a cosmetics company. If L’Oreal thinks she represents beauty, perhaps the media ought to just shut it. Her golden smoky eye is the perfect counterpoint to her traditional Indian evening wear, exotic coloring, unusual blue/gray eyes, and raven hair and brows. A perfect look for nighttime, you could wear the same eye makeup for day with just a bit less shimmer. Start with ColorOn’s Ibiza from the Eye Envy Smoky Variety Kit, a smoky nude comprised of gradient beige and brown. Then brush our Smooth Monarch Gold Shimmer loose mineral pigment, a bright yellow-gold that looks like 14-karat dust, on the inner half of the upper eyelids. Add plenty of real black kohl on the upper and lower inner rims of the eyes, and loads of black mascara. If your brows are not as dense and groomed as Aishwarya’s, use our BrowPro instant eyebrow applicators in the proper shade and thickness to color, define, shape, and hold the eyebrows in place.

Diane Kruger & Joshua Jackson at amFar

Diane Kruger in Chanel at amFar

When eyes are the focal point of your look, the rules must be followed: strong eyes, muted lips; strong lips, muted eyes. So, just a swirl of matte bronzer for contour, and a peachy/nude gloss, and this look is done.

Next, we have two different looks from Diane Kruger, who was a member of Feature Film Jury this year and truly the fashion star of the entire event, as well as the official “face” of the myriad events that took place during the 12 days of Cannes. She sported two metallic smoky eye looks that are perfect for summer: one a palette of silver, the other bronzed.

Diane's amFAR makeup

Diane’s amFAR makeup

At the amFAR Cinema Against AIDS event (the same event that Aishwarya Rai attended with her golden smoky eyes), Diane complemented her Chanel Resort 2013 Versailles LWD with its cap-sleeves, fit-and-flare cut, and lilac and white embroidered embellishments (very Mad Men-era!) and early Sixities-era finger-waved hairstyle with a modern-day eye look comprised of delicate silvers tending to an almost silvery blue at its deepest shade – a perfect match to Diane’s own eye color. To get a similar look, start with ColorOn’s Platinum & Pearls from the Metallics Variety Kit, the cool shine of silvery platinum and shimmering white giving this simple combination an edgy depth. Then layer on Smooth Patina Silver Shimmer loose mineral pigment on the outer third of the eyelid up onto the browbone, and below the lower lashes for a smokier, deeper silver. Her makeup artist added black kohl to the inner rims of the upper and lower eyelids, and after curling her lashes, added a single coat of black mascara top and bottom, and then a second coat to the outer third of the upper lashes. Diane’s naturally full brows were groomed and filled a bit; she’d be a BrowPro Full Light. Finish the look with the barest hint of a delicate pink flush on the cheeks, and a matching sheer pink gloss.

Diane & Joshua at Night in Monaco event

Diane in Prabal Gurung at “Night in Monaco”

For the Nights in Monaco Party Diane chose a less formal makeup look, with a slightly tousled updo and a warm palette to offset her avante garde Prabal Gurung frock with its white feathered skirt, studded white leather belt, and sheer white mesh bodice with strategically placed embroidered golden satin roses and sequined vines.

Diane's Night in Monaco makeup

Diane’s “Night in Monaco” makeup

Her eye makeup picks up the metallic embellishments the bodice and her wild bronze platforms. Star with ColorOn’s Bronze Goddess from the Metallics Variety Kit, a combination of shimmery gold and glimmering deep brown that combine to create a rich bronzed look. Confine your application to the upper kid and brow bone, blending to wing the shadows up and out toward the temple and almost meet the tail of the brow. Lightly line the inner rims of the upper and lower lid with a smoky brown kohl, and add black mascara to curled lashes, once again adding a second coat to the outer third of the upper lashes. Diane’s makeup artists went for a slightly more flushed cheek and lip, but stayed in the same sheer pink/nude family – just a bit more intense, but still sheer.

Natasha Poly at the Holy Motors premiere

Natasha Poly at the Holy Motors premiere

Model Natasha Poly seemed to be everywhere at Cannes; she was in a shocking number of pictures for someone who is primarily a runway mannequin and not the face of a cosmetics brand or clothing line. But she does have the “Angelina Leg” pose down; in fact, she pretty much out-Angelina’d Ms. Jolie in every shot we saw. On top of which, Natasha has a fondness for plunging necklines, sheer dresses with strategically placed scatterings of sequins, massive cutouts that seem to be held together through sheer force of will, or a combination of all of the above. What’s always amusing when you have so many images from an event like this is how often you discover that some personalities have a signature pose. And that’s what they do; they can drop into this pose regardless of the angle, the outfit, or the event. Natasha has this uncanny ability, and the image here of her actually smiling and showing her teeth is emphatically NOT her signature pose. Google her pictures from Cannes if you want to see what we mean; it’s the model equivalent of Paris Hilton’s hipshot, chin-down, hand-on-hip, slouchy pose that she could do no matter the time of day or state of inebriation.


Natasha Poly at Madagascar 3 premiere

Natasha Poly at Madagascar 3 premiere

That’s Natasha at the premiere of the film Holy Motors, a French film starring Denis Lavant, American actress Eva Mendes, and Australian singer Kylie Minogue. She pairs a very on-trend, casually messy side-braid (a fishtail, so it’s even trendier; however, we can’t do one, so who are we to cast any aspersions?) with a very on-trend smoky eye: the elongated, up-tilted shape with a touch of metallic green. You can get a similar look by using ColorOn’s Ikonik instant eye shadow, a shimmery mink-brown prism with a pop of lustrous glittering green, which is only available in our Custom Kits. Angle the applicator just slightly so that you get the right sweep from the inner corner out and up. Use an eyeliner brush to take the extra creamy mineral shadow from the cover film and apply below the lower lash line (you can use the brown, the green, or a combination of the two). Line the inner rims of the upper and lower lids with black kohl and add black mascara. Groom your brows, and like Natasha, avoid any other shimmer on the face by adding only the barest hint of a matte peach blush and a clear peachy gloss.

Natasha's Madagascar 3 makeup

Natasha’s Madagascar 3 makeup

At the premiere of the animated children’s film, Madagascar 3, the ladies arrived in the most revealing, non-G-rated outfits possible (see Salma Hayek, next). Broad daylight notwithstanding, Natsha’s floor-length, daring V-neck (really, v-waist to be technically accurate) green velvet Gucci gown with its thigh-high slit was paired gigantic emerald-and-diamond drop earrings (they certainly looked real) and even smokier eyes. Try ColorOn’s Heavy Metal instant eye shadow, a gorgeous prism of shimmering dark chocolate and twinkling onyx — rocking this look is NOT for the faint of heart. Again, this one is only available in our Custom Kits. Angle the applicator just slightly so that you get the right sweep from the inner corner out and up. Use a heavier brush this time to take the extra creamy mineral shadow from the cover film and apply below the lower lash line. Line the inner rims of the upper and lower lids with black kohl and add black mascara. Groom your brows, and like Natasha, go even lighter on the rest of the face with color; she didn’t even use pech with this look – she went with true nude blush and a nude satin lipstick so there wasn’t even a high-gloss shine on her lips. Her nakeup artist did, however, add some filler to her brows to offset such dark eye makeup and such severely slicked-back blonde tresses.

Salma Hayek at Madagascar 3 premiere

Salma Hayek at Madagascar 3 premiere

Finally, our last smoky look comes from Salma Hayek, whose marriage to Francois-Henri Pinault gives her, among other very nice things, access to a wardrobe anyone with even the mildest fashion aspirations would possibly kill (or at least main) to have. So, of course Salma wore Gucci every time she was photographed at Cannes (which was A LOT), and this black-and-silver metallic Gucci Premiere gown was the absolute crème de la crème. Perhaps only Salma could break the cardinal rule and not get called out for it – this is about the smokiest of smoky eyes, and she’s paired it a strong cheek color and a brick-red lip. Planets did not collide, there was no rift in the space/time continuum, but we can agree that if anyone else tried this, every beauty editor and blogger would have torn her a proverbial new one, no?

Salma's Madagascar 3 makeup

Salma’s Madagascar 3 makeup

Feel free to contradict us, but be ready to cite exactly who you think could get away with it and why.

Want to try Salma’s eye makeup? Start with ColorOn’s Noche from the Eye Envy Smoky Variety Kit, blending the deep black shadows outward toward the temple, just past the tail of the brow. Add black kohl on the upper and lower inner rims, and tons of black mascara. Salma’s makeup artist used a matte bronzer that had reddish undertones, but applied it low on the cheekbone, more like a contour. Her look was finished with a glossy warm brick-red lip that was sheer enough to still contrast with the opacity of the smoky eye.

And there you have it – c’est magnifique! The MTV Movie Awards are starting momentarily, and the CFDA Fashion Awards are tomorrow night, so we’ll have plenty of material for the next blog. Have a wonderful week…