Monthly Archives: July 2012

Something Wicked This Way Comes; We Find a New Topic For This Week’s Blog

Anne Hathaway at "The Dark Knight Rises" New York Premiere

Anne Hathaway at “The Dark Knight Rises” New York Premiere

This blog was written and ready to post Friday morning. We’d spent the week collecting images from Anne Hathaway’s many U.S. promotional appearances, and the New York and London premieres of the final Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.” And when we woke at 5:00AM EST to launch the blog, post to Facebook and Twitter, and send out the Constant Contact e-blast, we instead watched the news in stunned horror, and knew this particular blog was simply not appropriate. A beauty blog is not the forum to make any sort of commentary on the situation; already, we have watched with disgust as people with agendas (whether political or simply for publicity) have hijacked this tragedy for attention. As a nation, we must set aside whatever prejudices and opinions we may have, and simply come together in support of the community of Aurora in the wake of this senseless tragedy. Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies and prayers are with everyone touched by what happened in the early morning hours of Friday, July 20th.

That left us looking at other events for inspiration – Comic-Con and the 2012 ESPY Awards. As we started going through the literally HUNDREDS of images available from just these two events, a few things became evident.

Mila Kunis promoting "Oz, The Great & Powerful" at Comic-Con

Mila Kunis, Comic-Con

1. When did Comic-Con become the place for celebs to get dressed up in designer dresses? When we started going through the images filtering in, we went back and checked again because we thought we’d somehow put in the wrong search criteria. It looked more like the red carpet for a major industry awards show – not the place where we could find fanboys with light sabers, dozens of Princess Leias, Wolverines, zombies, Princess Mononokes, the chick with three breasts from “Total Recall” — the Verhoeven AND the Len Wiseman reboot (which explains Kate Beckinsale’s presence but not why this throwaway walk-through was deemed so fab that it bore repeating) — and every other fantasy costumed fan.

Kristen Stewart promotes the final chapter of the TWILIGHT series at Comic-Con

Kristen Stewart, Comic-Con

Instead, we had Jessica Biel in Thierry Mugler, Kerry Washington in J. Mendel (looking SO MUCH BETTER than her appearance at the BET Awards; we really do think Kerry must have been under the weather that day), Ginnifer Goodwin in Valentino, Emily Blunt in Christian Dior, Nina Dobrev in Jenny Packham, Ashley Green in Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta, Michelle Williams in Guiletta, and Nikki Reed in Etro, just to name a few.

Only Mila Kunis, Kristen Stewart, and the aforementioned Kate Beckinsale really kept with the spirit of Comic-Con in jeans and a black cami and blazer (a mix of Theyskens’ Theory and Rag & Bone), a white tee and a BCBG Max Azria neon-yellow-and-white high-waisted mini skirt with black and silver high-top sneakers, and Rag & Bone silver tuxedo jacket and leather pants, respectively.

Kate Beckinsale at Comic-Con

Kate Beckinsale, Comic-Con

So, we decided to skip Comic-Con, because at the end of the day, only Mila Kunis rocked some cool eye makeup, and we made an executive decision, as explained in #2.

2. The ESPY Awards. First, we define, because unless you are a huge sports nut, you may not know exactly what the ESPY Awards are celebrating unless you have the proper chromosomal combo (i.e. not the far superior Double X). An ESPY Award (short for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) “is an accolade presented by the American cable television network ESPN to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance.“ Around since 1993 (who knew?), the ESPYs follow the traditional format of the Grammys (for music), Emmys (for television), and Academy Awards (for film) and are hosted by a contemporary celebrity; the style, though, is billed as more relaxed, light, and self-referential than those other shows. This year’s host was actor/comedian Rob Riggle, of The Upright Citizens Brigade, The Daily Show and Saturday Night Live (TV), and feature films The Hangover, Talladega Nights, the 21 Jump Street reboot, The Other Guys, and Step Brothers.

Tennis player Maria Sharapova on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

Tennis player Maria Sharapova on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

Then, we make another pointed observation: what’s with all the non-sports celebs on the ESPYs red carpet? We get that Hayden Panettiere dates football player Scotty McKnight and that singer Willa Ford is married to the captain of the Dallas Stars NHL team Michael Modano. But we’re at a loss to explain the presence of actresses Connie Britton (“Saturday Night Lights”?), “Magic Mike’s” Olivia Munn and Cody Horn, Zooey Deschanel, Jessica Biel, “Dancing with the Stars’” Cheryl Burke and Karina Smirnoff (because it’s kinda sporty?), Victoria’s Secret model Chanel Iman, and others. These ladies are routinely photographed after being worked over by professional makeup artists and stylists, and more than a few of them are frequently on magazine covers. So, we’re excluding them in favor of real athletes who looked gorgeous and sexy, thereby heightening the impact.

The night’s “Best in Show” were undoubtedly the woman who’d just won The French Open and that night’s “Best Tennis Player” Award, Maria Sharapova, in a pleated, heron-blue silk chiffon J. Mendel gown and metallic Jimmy Choo sandals, and Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn in a deceptively simple cream-colored Marciano gown with a plunging neckline that perfectly offset a stunning Atelier Swarovski necklace. These women’s athletic builds make them perfect mannequins for couture gowns – in our opinion, more so than the often-augmented actresses who usually end up getting to wear these confections.

Maria Sharapova up close at the ESPY Awards

Maria Sharapova up close at the ESPY Awards

Maria’s lightly tousled updo and hazel-green eyes are well-complemented by her lightly bronzed eye makeup. It’s nothing overly smoky or too dramatic, but the coppery/bronze tones bring out the same flecks in her irises for a really striking look. You can achieve a similar effect using colorOn’s Bronze Goddess from Eye Envy Precious Metals Variety Kit, confining the application to the eyelid and crease. Take a slim, round-tipped eye shadow brush and dip it in the bronziest shadows left on the applicators’ cover film, and line under the outer third of the lower lashes, sweeping upward at the outer corner and blending it with the application on the top lid to form a subtle winged effect.

Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

Curl your lashes and apply plenty of mascara (brownish-black if you’re blonde like Maria, or black if you’re a brunette or darker). Maria’s brows a full and well-groomed; she’s a BrowPro Full Light.  In keeping with Maria’s very natural-only-better look, add a dusting of matte bronzer to the tops of the cheekbones, the temples and down the center of the nose (where the sun would naturally hit). For a long-lasting nude lip, line with a lip-colored liner and fill in the entire lip, then add a slick of honey colored gloss on top — we’re big fans of Vapour Organic Beauty’s Elixir Lip Gloss is Sultry 302.

Lindsey Vonn up close at the ESPY Awards

Lindsey Vonn up close at the ESPY Awards

We’re used to Maria Sharapova cleaning up so well – all her endorsement ads make great use of her statuesque beauty – but Lindsey Vonn is truly a Cinderella moment! The drop-waist Marciano gown has an amazing cut and genius seaming, accentuating just how fit this athlete really is yet remaining totally feminine and flowing.

Wearing her hair down and in loose waves, with that stunning necklace, we felt like Lindsey was literally the belle of the ball. In keeping with her “princess” look, we suggest recreating her subtle and shimmery eye makeup with colorOn’s Platinum and Pearls from the Metallics Variety Kit, but confine the application to the eyelids and up into the crease. Be sure you get plenty of the shimmery platinum shadow blended all the way to the inner corners of your eye, bringing it down and smudging it below the lower lash-line as well. You can use your ring finger or a brush to do so. Then line the inner rims of the upper and lower lids with a shimmery olive/brown pencil (for Lindsey, this really accentuates her hazel eyes; choose a liner that works best for you – a plummy brown for green eyes, a golden brown for blue, any of these choices for brown eyes). Add lots of mascara; Lindsey is wearing some well-applied faux lashes, and that’s a choice you’ll have to make. We’re completely inept with them, so it’s not even a consideration.

Race Car Driver Danica Patrick on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

Race Car Driver Danica Patrick on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

Lindsey is very blonde, and her brows quite sculpted and filled. We suspect that as a skier constantly exposed to the sun reflecting off the snow, her brows get very light. She’s a perfect BrowPro Medium Light.  A light application of matte bronzer accentuates her healthy flush, and a warm nude-pink gloss completes her look (try Vapour Organic Beauty’s Elixir Lip Gloss in Hush 301.

Both she and Maria Sharapova look healthy, strong, and naturally beautiful. We are filled with envy! We never feel this way about the other celebs looking just dandy – Olivia Munn in her slinky Armani, Hayden Panettiere in her sparkly Armani, Jessica Biel in ANOTHER white dress (Dior; like we need reminding that she going to be a bride soon – enough already!), Zooey Deschanel in sparkly Oscar de la Renta, Cody Horn in her zipper-y Cushnie et Ochs, and on and on. Eh. We want to look like we can take on a mountain and win, not like we can afford a month at a spa and all the “neuromodulators” – that’s the new term for Botox and fillers, ladies and gents – to keep us smooth, plump, and expression-free.

Danica Patrick's makeup at the ESPY Awards

Danica Patrick’s makeup at the ESPY Awards

Danica Patrick is another sports figure we have become used to seeing outside the arena and a bit “tarted up’ for her endorsements, among others. That’s not to say that she didn’t look wonderful at the ESPYs in a strapless cocktail-length dress in a pink silk scarf print (and matching peep-toe platform pumps) that looked very much like an Hermes or Versace print, yet exhaustive searches could turn up no reference to the designer. Reviews were mixed on the dress, which was highly structured with a boned bodice and an architectural flared hip (which has us leaning to Versace). The shade is gorgeous with her coloring, and her trademark waist-length chocolate waves were loose and sexy.

Danica kept her makeup simple, with a smoky brown eye and glossy pink lips. You can create the same subtle eye look – one suitable for day or evening wear – by using colorOn’s  Gypsy from the Eye Envy Precious Metals Variety Kit, a metallic gradient of frothy white shading into rich mocha. She brings the application all the way from the upper lash line to the brow bone, and you can use a thin eyeliner brush to grab the deepest metallic mocha hue from the clear cover film to line below the lower lash line. Curl your lashes and add plenty of black mascara to the upper and lower lashes, then line the upper and lower inner rims with a bronzed brown eye pencil.

Danica has nice, full brows that are minimally manicured but groomed and lightly filled. She’s a BrowBro Full Dark. Like our other athletes, Danica opts for a healthy glow using a matte bronzer and a close-to-nude lipstick, although it has a sheer satin finish rather than the traditional lip gloss the other are sporting, and is much more of a pink shade. We like Vapour Organic Beauty Siren Lipstick in Possess 418, described as a “sexy adult pink.”

Snowboarder Jamie Anderson on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

Snowboarder Jamie Anderson on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

Finally, we have snowboarder Jamie Anderson, who caught our eye with her dress, which given her X-Games persona we most definitely took as a tongue-firmly-in-cheek homage to the warm-up jacket, pockets and all. Albeit one made of golden/coral sequins and cut down to there. It totally suits her personality, and our only “criticism” – if you want to call it that – is that her round-toe black platform pumps just don’t do the outfit justice.  A sandal or a wicked pointy toed pump in chocolate or bronze would have been a better choice. Just saying.

Jamie Anderson up close at the ESPY Awards

Jamie Anderson up close at the ESPY Awards

But Jamie’s slightly goofy, infectious character carried the whole thing off (she was shooting peace signs and mugging for the camera – what Hollywood star would make FACES for the paparazzi, we ask you?). Her long, sun-streaked blonde hair was loose, as casually styled as the rest of her outfit.

Jamie’s makeup, in keeping with her peers, was natural-only-better. Funny how three of our four athletes have hazel green eyes! Even Danica’s seemingly brown eyes are green around the edge of the iris when you pull in for the tight close-up. We wonder if the constant peril and adrenaline rush has a correlation?

Anyway, back to Jamie. You can get the same golden look with colorOn’s 14 Karat instant eye shadow applicator from the Metallics Variety Kit, confining the application to the eyelid and crease. Take a slim, round-tipped eye shadow brush and dip it in the deepest golden shadow left on the applicators’ cover film, and line under the lower lashes, flicking it up just a bit at the outer corner. Curl your lashes and add the appropriate mascara to your upper and lower lashes – choose a blackish brown if you’re blonde like Jamie so it’s a softer look. Line the upper and lower inner rims with a russet/copper pencil, which will pick up the undertones of the matte bronzer you’ll dust along the tops of your cheekbones.

Jamie wear her brows as full as the rest of this crew, but hers are very light and could have used a bit more filling in with even this subtle amount of eye makeup. BrowPro is a quadruple threat – it colors, defines, shapes, and holds. Jamie is a BrowPro Full Light. To complete Jamie’s look, a quick slick of a sheer copper gloss is more than enough with all the shimmer and sparkle she has going on. We like Paul & Joe Beaute’s Lip Gloss in Byzantine 001.

All of the colors mentioned in the blog can be chosen and combined – along with BrowPro — into a Custom Kit, or you can 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.

The Teen Choice Awards are happening right now, so we’ll be back this week with all the highs and lows. And are we the only ones who feel Justin Beiber is trying WAY TOO HARD to gain some cred? We smell a publicist behind the supposed “fight” with (now) a second paparazzo, the speeding, the breakups and makeups, and the whole “I could take all five at once, but I could kick any One Direction-ers butt one-on-one with my kung fu.” Uh. Huh. Our mums could kick Beiber’s butt. Each on her own, with one hand occupied. Let the flaming begin, Beleibers.

Beautiful at BET

Beyonce receives one of her awards at the 2012 BET Awards

Beyonce looks radiant receiving one of her trophies at the 2012 BET Awards.

Last week’s BET Awards event at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles brought out some of the biggest names in entertainment, with a front row graced by musical royalty: Beyoncé (Best Female R&B Artist, Video Director or the Year), husband Jay-Z and his musical collaborator and a huge name is his own right (and mind, if we’re being totally honest here), Kayne West – collectively, The Throne (Best Group, Video of the Year). And next to Kanye? None other than the biggest star reality television ever spawned: Kim Kardashian. And to Beyoncé’s other side? Her sister, Solange and her “significant other,” who shared the Video Director of the Year award with Beyoncé, Alan Ferguson. Talk about some BLAZING star power!

First we have to say that Solange Knowles – who did not walk the red carpet at the BET awards and can only be seen partially in photos of her sister and the rest of that high-powered front row (she seemed to be deliberately avoiding the camera, always leaning out of the shot, so no pics to our dismay) — has become one of our absolute favorites on the red carpet, and it seems to coincide with her cutting her hair and letting it “go natural” (something she has tweeted about in irritation when held up as some sort “team natural vice president”).  At the same time, she seemed to break away from the influence of her mother’s fashion designs and come into her own, choosing an eclectic wardrobe of edgy designers that are much more suited to her effervescent personality. She’s hit our “Best Dressed,” “Best Tressed” and “Best Makeup” lists consistently ever since. Why hasn’t she been a regular fixture in this blog? Mostly because Solange isn’t big on statement eye makeup – she sticks with the natural look there as well. Her favorite feature to highlight is her beautiful smile, and she’s always wearing the latest, most au courant color – hot pink, bright orange, lilac. So, all we know of Solange’s look that night was that she wore something hot pink, she had her hair braided, and she may have been wearing white shoes.

Beyonce looking beautiful at the BET Awards

Beyonce looking beautiful at the BET Awards

Next to Solange, sister Beyoncé was radiant in a chartreuse satin one-shouldered Stephane Rolland gown slit high on the thigh. One thing we noted was that Beyoncé wore the very super heroine-esque silver and gold belt upside down from how it was shown on the runway, and we have to say we prefer the “runway” edition, but Beyoncé still looked fantastic – the color worked beautifully with her skin tone and coppery bronze curls with golden highlights.

Her eye makeup was a golden base with a smoky eyelid, and just a touch of that smoky black shadow brought below the outer edge of the lower lashes – after all, this was a daytime event, and the red carpet was brutally bright (it was also sponsored by Ford, which meant that many of the best celeb pictures are posed in front of a car).

You can recreate her eye look by starting with colorOn’s Lava from the Metallics Variety Kit, a hot and shimmery gradient metallic gold and black combination for a sexy smoky eye design. Use a round-tipped eye shadow brush dipped in the creamy mineral shadow left on the clear cover film to sweep just a bit of the dark shade under the outer quarter of the lower lashes, and outward toward the tail of the brow. Black kohl liner on the upper and lower inner rims of the eyes, curled lashes and black mascara complete the look.

Beyoncé has beautifully groomed and lush brows – she’s a BrowPro Full Dark. She’s wearing a plummy brown cream blush rubbed into the apples of her cheeks for a flush of color, and a clear plum gloss with no shimmer. A dusting of glittery finishing powder was swept across the tops of her cheekbones up onto her forehead, and dusted across her brow bones back down onto her cheeks. It’s you choice on that last step – it’s fine for the nighttime, but not for most offices (we’re not going to be militant!).

Kim Kardashian in a seemingly demure white Tom Ford frock

Kim Kardashian in a seemingly demure white Tom Ford frock

Kim's less demure view

Kim’s less demure view

Jump over the night’s big winners, Jay-Z and Kayne, and there’s Kim Kardashian (and it’s possible that these two men were barely enough buffer between the women, is the goss was true). Kim wore what appeared to be a demure white jersey dress, until she turned around to reveal its unzipped back – this is pretty much her stock-in-trade (the backside reveal), unless she has the rack out. We’ve definitely noticed that Kayne seems to have had a positive influence on her wardrobe, upping the overall taste level and covering her up more often that not – we don’t think Kim’s ever worn Tom Ford before!

The makeup is vintage Kim: nude lip, pale eye, and the biggest, longest, spider-iest lashes this side of Tammy Faye Bakker. She swore in Allure that they’re her real lashes but we have a very hard time believing that’s true – look at those things! They look like they could walk away on their own. We vote for really good extensions and a ton of mascara. From a distance you could almost think of her look as “natural” but a good close up will disabuse you of that notion. And truthfully, that same cover of Allure, when she was close to makeup-free (because although it was touted as makeupless, who are we kidding?), was the prettiest we’ve EVER seen Kim.

The makeup is vintage Kim: lashes by the yard...

The makeup is vintage Kim: lashes by the yard…

You could get close to Kim’s eye makeup with ColorOn’s Pink Lemonade from the Naturally Cooler Variety Kit, a sunny combination of gradient yellow and pale coral pink. Use a round-tipped eye shadow brush dipped in the creamy mineral shadow left on the clear cover film to sweep the pretty pastel color below the lower lashes as well. Curl your lashes, and if you’re so inclined, add a strip of falsies to get Kim’s mile-long look. Otherwise, it’s multiple coats of a heavy duty lengthening formula. Just be sure to let it dry thoroughly between coats!

Kim wears her brows very dark and very full, with almost no tapering at the tail. If you want to cultivate a brow this intense and don’t grow them naturally, BrowPro is the answer. Just choose you shade, and pick the Full style. BrowPro will color, define, shape, and hold the eyebrows in place. They won’t be quite this full, but really – that’s okay. We’ll leave the “too much of a good thing” look for Kim; she’s built an entire career carrying off all KINDS of too much.

Sweep a pale coral pink blush from the top of the cheekbones up to the temples and onto the forehead in a “c” shape, blending well. An ultra-sheer nude pink gloss like Nars Turkish Delight or L’Oreal Color Riche Balm in Tender Mauve (no shimmer anywhere for Kim, for which we give her major points) finish things off.

Lala Vazquez-Anthony and her shiny happy jumpsuit

Lala Vazquez-Anthony and her shiny happy jumpsuit

Another gorgeous face is TV personality Lala Vazquez-Anthony. We didn’t go gaga over her sparkly Lois London, Studio 54-homage jumpsuit and vintage Versace belt – then again, we’re pretty jumpsuit-adverse if we’re being honest. Either we’re thinking of the playground years and how the crotch always hung too low or the legs were just a bit too short, or we’re reminded of the disco years, and then we’re just embarrassed we had any. Moving on, shall we?

Lala Vazquez-Anthony: the alternate angle

Lala: the alternate angle

Lala looks lovely, and if anyone could pull this one off, she certainly can. (ED. We found this shot right before we posted and had to add it; from Tom + Lorenzo | Fabulous + Opinionated, and we quote: “Good LORD, girl. You look like two grapes balancing on toothpicks.” Whoa. Totally true. The angle is everything on the outfit, but we still think Lala’s makeup is the bomb.)

She has a great on-trend fishtail braid going, nicely messy but not out of control, a bit of disco-esque jewelry but not so much that it’s fighting with all the sparkly goodness of her outfit, and those amazing hazel eyes. She accentuates them with a smoky silver eye makeup that isn’t overpowering for daywear yet would transition right into evening without having to touch it at all.

Lala looking totally luscious

Lala looking totally luscious

To get the same effect, start with colorOn’s Platinum and Pearls from the Metallics Variety Kit. The cool shine of the silvery platinum and shimmering white give this simple combination an edgy depth.  Grab an eyeliner brush and dip it in the extra shadow on the clear cover film, and use the lightest shimmer to trace the inner corners of your eyes, and then sweep the deeper platinum under the lower lashes.

If you want to replicate Lala’s extra shiny lids, you can add some additional glimmer with our Smooth Patina Silver Shimmer loose mineral pigment. Curl your lashes and then line the inner rims, upper and lower, with black kohl. Lala is wearing very well applied strip lashes (unlike last week’s faux-lash-disaster, Lisa Rinna) – go for it if you have the skills, for we admire what we don’t possess ourselves. With this much bright shimmer and shine, be sure your mascara application is totally clump-free, because every flake and fiber will seem magnified (this is when your lash comb or extra spooly is absolutely VITAL).

Lala is yet another BET star with exemplary brows (yes, they’re a bit dramatic, but isn’t that why everyone loves Lala?). They are so perfect they almost look stenciled, but that can’t really be considered a complaint after so many seasons of bleached “non-brows” or over-plucked “almost-brows” or un-groomed “oh, THESE things above my eyes?” brows. She’s a perfect BrowPro Full Dark.

Kerry Washington's 2012 look drew mixed reviews...

Kerry Washington’s 2012 look drew mixed reviews…

Kerry Washington's 2011 look was just smashing!

Kerry’s 2011 look was just smashing!

One of our favorite actresses, Kerry Washington, was a miss on the fashion but a hit on the makeup. We’re not sure what happened to the usually perfectly turned out star. Here’s Kerry at last year’s BET Awards in a sexy Michael Kors halter and black Loboutins as a point of comparison.

This year, her blush Altuzarra bustier and black J. Mendel skirt, cream-colored snakeskin Jimmy Choo pumps (admission of total bias: we hate white/bone/cream shoes unless they’re made by Converse; we’re sure a therapist could figure out why, but it saves us money every season), and under-styled hair combined to make the normally vibrant-looking Kerry seem washed-out and under-done. It wasn’t until we looked at the close-up shot that we came to appreciate her makeup, and just wish she’d chosen more colorful and better-fitting clothes, or even just a pop of color on her lips.

Whatever her sartorial choices, the fact remains that the actress, best known for her easy transition from high-profile movie roles in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Ray, the Fantastic 4 franchise, and the upcoming Tarantino film Django Unchained to starring in TV series (Scandal on ABC), is well-loved by the camera. Her makeup plays up the cool tones in her outfit with a shimmery taupe smoky eye and a satin nude lip.

Kerry's makeup was simply gorgeous, though

Kerry’s makeup was totally gorgeous, though

To recreate Kerry’s look, use colorOn’s Gypsy from the Metallics Variety Kit, for a deep sultry eye with rich hues of metallic mocha and a wash of frothy white shimmer. Kerry confines all the smoke and shimmer to the upper lids and brow bone, opting for black liner only on the inner rims of the eyes. Like most of her contemporaries at the BET Awards, she’s wearing a strip of faux lashes and plenty of black mascara. Do as you will, dictated by skill and ambition. Another option is to apply additional coats of mascara only to the top lashes, and then just to the outer third, letting each coat dry thoroughly in between. This will give you a similar effect.

Kerri’s brows are the closest we’ve see to completely au natural in quite some time, yet you’ll note they are still brushed and fixed in place. A swirl of honey colored bronzer defines her cheeks, and a cool-toned satin-finish nude lipstick with just the barest hint of shimmer (to keep it from looking too flat) highlights her perfect pout. As we noted at the beginning, when we look at her makeup up close, it’s absolutely perfect – it just wasn’t perfect for this outfit. Had she worn the hot pink lippie from last year…

Honorable Mentions must go to:

Monica on the BET Awards red carpet

Monica on the BET Awards red carpet

Singer Monica, her incredibly tasteful, understated makeup and elegant updo, and her sensational suit – she rocked raspberry sequined trousers and a plunging structured blazer with what noted were “flying buttresses” for tails. We flipping LOVED it.

Chaka Khan owns the 2012 BET Awards red carpet

Chaka Khan owns the 2012 BET Awards red carpet

The legendary Chaka Khan. Because she’s the legendary Chaka Khan, and she feels for you.

Actress Kyla Pratt’s BGBG dress with its asymmetrical hemline, and the shows she found that somehow match it without being match-y. Plus, she rocks blunt bangs and long hair without  looking too schoolgirl. The whole package works.

Kyla Pratt on the BET Awards red carpet

Kyla Pratt on the BET Awards red carpet

Taraji P. Henson’s Zaeem Jamal dress was gorgeous and the color gorgeous on her, and her shoes were to die for (but the matching pedi polish was questionable). It just kills us to say that the dress was a size too small and made her look a bit smooshed. We kept holding our breath in sympathy while looking at her photos.

Taraji P. Henson on the BET Awards red carpet

Taraji P. Henson on the BET Awards red carpet

A lot of blogs had Beyoncé’s former Destiny’s Child bandmate, Michelle Williams, on their “Best Dressed” lists for her Herve Leger lace-trimmed bandage dress. First, enough with the bandage dresses already. Old. News. Britney Spears is packing herself into them daily for the X-Factor. It’s not pretty.

Michelle Williams on the BET Awards red carpet

Michelle Williams on the BET Awards red carpet

But Michelle is so very very thin, and this dress really accentuates her lack of…padding. We have no commentary about why she is so tiny – having suffered through years of “Oh, you are just TOO THIN!” comments, as if anyone would ever walk unsolicited up to a woman and dare say the converse – but regardless, a dress that flatters your body type is the goal. The Leger just makes her look thinner, and the blush/nude washes her out (same mistake as Kerry Washington). She needed something with a bit of draping and some color – although not yellow! There was a whole lotta yellow on that red carpet, some of it fab, and some if it pure funk. Hot pink instead of blush pink would have served Michelle…

All of the colors mentioned in the blog can be chosen and combined – along with BrowPro — into a Custom Kit, or you can 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.

The Teen Choice Awards are coming up on July 22nd ; until then, we’re sure we can find some great makeup to covet (then tell you how to do yourself), and some missteps we feel compelled to point out. We’re just helpful like that.

It’s a Red, Red, Red, Red, Red, Red….Carpet

"AMC's" Alicia Minshew, one of the Daytime Emmys' "Best Dressed"

“AMC’s” Alicia Minshew, one of the Daytime Emmys’ “Best Dressed”

Okay, so that was probably a real stretch of a cinematic allusion, but you get our point, yes? Last week we went a little “red carpet crazy” between our coverage of Keira Knightley (movie premiere red carpet), Carly Rae Jepsen and Katy Perry (MuchMusic VMAs red carpet), Ginnifer Goodwin (Young Hollywood Awards red carpet), and a mini-tribute to Emma Stone’s overseas red carpet extravaganza for the premieres of The Amazing Spiderman from Tokyo to Rome.

There were four other award shows we couldn’t squeeze in, but we did promise to cover the 39th Annual  Daytime Emmy Awards and the Critics Choice Television Awards, so we’re here to deliver.

It must be said that the Daytime Emmys have a rep for over-the-top fashions, hair, and makeup – which stands to reason, since daytime’s stock in trade for many decades was the soap opera, which is over-the-top by definition, from its plot lines to its back-from-the-dead characters, to its recasting of characters with new actors and the writing in of a traumatic plane crash that necessitated complete reconstructive surgery. And that’s not to mention that its “daytime divas” have always tended toward dressing like grocery shopping was a cocktail event (Don’t believe us? Google “Judith Chapman at Daytime Emmys” and get back to us. We’ll wait.)

So it is no surprise that the fashions at this year’s Daytime Emmys, which now include many more talk shows, game shows, cooking shows, and reality shows than traditional soap operas (which are sadly disappearing and causing us to feel very nostalgic around ColorOn HQ), run the gamut between quite fashionable and quite questionable.  And given that most daytime shows, until the advent of HD, were shot on tape (with a few high-budget exceptions), the makeup tended to be extremely heavy handed, and for some reason that tradition stuck even as the medium evolved.

With all that said, who looked fabulous on the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s red carpet?

All My Children’s Alicia Minshew appeared on every best-dressed list we came across. In a cerulean-blue Amit GT pleated strapless gown with a cross-body strap and a classic hourglass silhouette, she wore her trademark curls pinned back to better show off her beautiful bone structure. Alicia, who plays Susan Lucci’s (Erica Kane) daughter Kendall, brought out her green eyes by using a palette of pink and bronzed brown.

Alicia Minshew's pretty pastel makeup, up close

Alicia Minshew’s pretty pastel makeup, up close

You can recreate the look by using Bermuda from ColorOn’s Eye Envy Flaunt Variety Kit , a gradient combination of soft beige and creamy pink with a deep chocolate liner. Grab a bronze eye pencil and line the upper and lower inner rims to get the same exotic look as Alicia.

She’s either wearing eyelash extensions or strip lashes, but unless your sporting the former or comfortable applying the latter, we recommend curling your lashes and applying black mascara to the top and bottom lashes, letting it dry, and then applying two more coats just to the outer third of the upper lashes – always letting it dry between coats. You’ll get a similar extended, slightly cat’s eye look.

Alicia’s brows are well-tended, and filled in a shade slightly darker than her hair – she’d be a BrowPro Medium Brown. With so much emphasis on her eyes, she wisely keeps her cheeks and lips subtle in coordinating shades of cool raspberry, with no sparkle or shimmer, and just a touch of shine to the sheer berry stain on her lips.

"Y&R's" Elizabeth Hendrickson received mixed reviews on her bias-cut silk gown

“Y&R’s” Elizabeth Hendrickson received mixed reviews on her bias-cut silk gown

Elizabeth Hendrickson, Alicia’s co-star for five years on All My Children before moving over to The Young and The Restless, had critics split over her pink silk bias-cut slip dress, some calling it classic Old Hollywood while others likened it to leaving the house in her slip and forgetting her gown. No one denied, however, that it showcased her stunning figure to its best advantage.

"Y&R's" Elizabeth Hendrickson's beautifully subtle makeup

“Y&R’s” Elizabeth Hendrickson’s beautifully subtle makeup

With her center-parted, ombréd hair in loose waves, she looked artlessly sexy – which we all know takes HOURS to achieve! You can get the same eye look by using ColorOn’s El from the Smoky Classics Variety Kit, a gradient mix of soft pink and chocolate brown that combine to create a smoky mauve eye, which is softer and more on-trend than the usual black. To keep the look soft and not overpower the delicate color of her dress, she doesn’t line below the lower lashes; instead, Elizabeth curled her lashes and used multiple coats of black mascara, focusing on the outer third.

Although somewhat obscured by her hair, we can see her brows have been groomed and filled with a brow powder that matches the darkest hair near her roots. This is something we’ve noticed a lot lately – in these very close shots that are now available from red carpet events, powders catch the light differently and become chalky, even dark brown and black powders. So called clear and translucent face powder (like Elizabeth and Alicia are both wearing, and it’s probably an HD formula) catches the light from the flash, too. So, we definitely recommend using BrowPro over brow powders! Elizabeth would be a BrowPro Full Brown.

A swirl of poppy pink bush high on the apples of her cheeks, and a satin-finish pink lipstick in the same shade as her gown complete the look.

Giada De Laurentiis makes the Daytime Emmys "Best Dressed" lists for this metallic Missoni

Giada De Laurentiis makes all the “Best Dressed” lists for this metallic Missoni

Now, a non-soap star! TV chef Giada De Laurentiis also made every best-dressed list in a Missoni zig-zag print gown that we thought was a bit overwhelming on her teeny little frame (her maxi would be our midi!), although if you Google her and “Daytime Emmys dress” what you get is a high proportion of hits mentioning how much cleavage she was showing and whether it balanced out that busy print (and these were NOT porn-y sites but fashion blogs. Really.)

Giada De Laurentiis is a "bronzed goddess" at the Daytime Emmys

Giada De Laurentiis is a “bronzed goddess” at the Daytime Emmys

Whatever the case, Giada is always impeccably dressed – she’s Hollywood royalty, after all (granddaughter of producer Dino De Laurentiis and actress Silvana Mangano) and has a place in the front row of any show at Fashion Week she wants (plus her husband is a clothing designer for Anthropologie). So, nice closet. Giada picked up the metallic threads in the Missoni print, echoing them with her bronze eye makeup. You can create a similar look with ColorOn’s Bronze Goddess from the Eye Envy Precious Metals Variety Kit, a gradient of shimmery gold and metallic brown that combine to create a rich bronzed look. Giada’s never without her trademark heavy black liquid eyeliner along the upper and lower lash-lines  (very reminiscent of her grandmother’s heyday in the Sixties, and very European); this is a harsh look unless your 100% comfortable with it. Giada has very short, straight lashes that virtually disappear into the eyeliner; we’d opt for a deep chocolate or black kohl on the inner rims instead, with curled lashes and lots of black mascara – but you work with what you have.

Giada’s brows are a perfect match to her bronze-y (the term made popular by Jennifer Lopez’s hairstylist is “bronde”) haircolor, and are nicely arched and filled. She wears her brows quite tapered; again, she has developed a personal style and sticks with it no matter the trends. Rather than blush, Giada swept a matte bronzer across her cheekbones, down the center of her nose, and the high points where the sun would hit. She completes the look with a semi-matte lipstick in a shade somewhere between rosy brown and bronze with just the tiniest hint of shimmer to keep it from being too flat or muddy.

"Days of Our Lives" Lisa Rinna makes the "win" column for her gown...

“Days of Our Lives” Lisa Rinna makes the “win” column for her gown…

We’re including Lisa Rinna here, because she’s a hit and a miss (or a fabulous fail). In the plus column, after years of over-inflating her lips while denying she’d done anything, Lisa admitted she had a problem with fillers and went through some very painful (and public) surgery to correct her grossly exaggerated pout. Also a plus: she’s wearing a gorgeous black lace gown that does not completely expose her unnaturally inflated cleavage yet flatters her still-toned and athletic figure. Subtlety from Lisa Rinna! Wonders never cease.

Lisa Rinna, breaking the cardinal rules of makeup

Lisa Rinna, making the “no win” column for breaking the cardinal rules of makeup

In the minus column, she fell prey to “soap opera face.” Perhaps because she doesn’t have “The Lips” to hide behind anymore, she felt the need to overcompensate with heavy eye makeup, badly applied false eyelashes, AND bright red lipstick. She broke the cardinal rule, and it’s aging. This is the same makeup Susan Lucci and Barbara Walters are wearing, and they are 65 and 82, respectively. Lisa turns 49 in this month. Who WANTS to paint on an extra 20 years? She’s back to playing Billie on Days of Our Lives, a role she originated in 1992 – 20 years ago. There’s a message in all of that.

Just a few days before the Daytime Emmys, The Broadcast Television Journalists Association Second Annual Critics’ Choice Awards took place at the same venue. The fashions were, on the whole, considerably less covered in sequins or made of shiny stuff, and we noted a small trend: monochromatic makeup. It may even be more than a mini-trend, but we were burning out at a rapid clip after looking at so many dresses and faces and events, and trying to track down good shots of their makeup if we liked it so you could really see the details. This stuff takes more time than you might imagine! And we also get distracted by looking at the “don’ts” — they’re SO fascinating now that so many celeb sites offer the zoom capability. Plus, we feel tons better when we can examine every large pore and wrinkle and that their lipstick creeps into the lines around their lips, too.

And back on topic.

Zooey Deschanel, Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Zooey Deschanel, Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Trendsetter One was Zooey Deschanel, both a presenter and the winner of Best Actress in a Comedy Series for The New Girl. Wearing a coral-shading-to-crimson Oscar de la Renta dress and black Louboutin pumps, she had her hair pinned back on one side and her heavy Sixties-style bangs parted just a bit. Her makeup was shades of coral, too, from her eye shadow to her lipstick.

Zooey Deschanel, up close

Zooey Deschanel, up close in shades of coral

To get a similar look, use ColorOn’s Coral Cove instant eye shadow from the Romance Variety Kit, a beautiful wash of summery coral rose and beige, with a dark chocolate liner, perfect for a romantic summer smoky eye look. The built-in liner will give you Zooey’s trademark look, especially if you take an eyeliner brush and make sure you extend the liner just past the end of the upper lashes and give it an upward flick. If you need to deepen the liner, there should be a bit extra clinging to the clear cover film. Skip liner below the lower lashes and finish with plenty of black mascara.

Use a creamy coral blush on the apples of the cheeks, blending well so that it melts into your skin. Choose a coral lipstick in a finish and undertone you prefer – we’re partial to a cool coral butter balm or stain with a clear balm over the top. We like the intensity but also the clarity. You may prefer a satin finish or a demi-matte that’s more opaque. Zooey’s lippie is a satin finish with some opacity, and has cooler undertones.

Julianne Moore made every "Best Dressed" list for this sexy Jason Wu sheath

Julianne Moore made every “Best Dressed” list for this sexy Jason Wu sheath

Trendsetter Two was Julianne Moore, who picked up an award for her role as Sarah Palin in Game Change. She looked fabulous in a figure-hugging black-and-white halter sheath by Jason Wu  (she’s 51 and totally SMOKING), with her red hair long and loose. In what would seem to be a counterintuitive move, her makeup was all shades of bright peony pink, from her semi-matte lips to her matching blush and eye shadow. The trick is keeping the undertones cool, just like her hair. Yes, it is very red, but it is a cool red and her porcelain skin has very blue undertones.

Julianne Moore's monochromatic peony pink makeup

Julianne Moore’s monochromatic peony pink makeup

To get a similar look, try ColorOn’s Cactus Flower instant eye shadow from the Painted Desert Variety Kit, a delicate wash of cool pink and deeper dusky rose, confining the application to the eyelid and crease. It’s risky to apply shadows in these shades under the lower lashes, as they can make the eyes look irritated and tired (or worse, infected). Curl your lashes and apply plenty of black mascara.

A cream blush in the same color family gives a subtle flush to the apples of her cheeks and is blended upward toward her temples. The look is finished with a demi-matte lipstick (creamy, low shine, high pigment) in an intense peony pink shade. More than one fashion writer declared her “the sexiest look of the night.” We definitely agree! She was truly radiant.

Emmy Rossum's liquid gold Donna Karan gown drew mixed reviews

Emmy Rossum’s liquid gold Donna Karan gown drew mixed reviews

Trendsetter Three was Shamless star Emmy Rossum.  By the way, are we the only ones who are totally mesmerized by her love scenes with Jimmy/Steve? TMI? Moving on, then.

Reviews of her liquid gold Donna Karan were mixed; we though the dress was typical DK – the more we looked at it, the more we loved it for the details we didn’t notice at first glance. We agree that the dress was probably better suited to the Academy Awards than the Critics’ Choice Awards, but it’s not as if Emmy was the only celeb in a formal gown. But she landed here because of her monochrome makeup that played with the golden theme set by the dress; then Emmy turned it upside down with a bright satiny fuchsia lip.

Emmy Rossum's golden makeup and bold fuchsia lips

Emmy Rossum’s golden makeup and bold fuchsia lips

To create the same wash of smoky golden shadow, start with ColorOn’s 14 Karat from the Metallics Variety Kit, a gradient wash of rich golds from pale to 14 Karat. Use a tapered eye shadow brush to pick up some of the creamy shadows left on the clear cover film and line under the lower lash line to create a wash of smoky golden tones around the eye. A sweep of our Smooth Black Star Gold Shimmer loose mineral pigment, a deep black/brown and gold shimmer that can be used wet or dry, along the upper lashline and flicking up at the outer corners, gives a bit more smoke and depth – but keep it on the upper eyelid.  Like Emmy, use plenty of carbon-black mascara (her makeup artist used Dior DiorShow Black Out Mascara), and make sure your brows are groomed and filled. Emmy’s brows are the same golden-kissed brown as her hair – she’d be a BrowPro Medium Brown.

In keeping with the warm, golden tones of her eye mkaeup, a matte gingery bronze was used on her cheeks (a very subtle application; like Julianne Moore, Zooey Deschanel, and Alicia Minshew, Emmy’s complexion is a flawless porcelain that makes us wish we’d NEVER, EVER tanned). Then there’s that amazing, gorgeous lip color! Her saturated, satin-finish lippie was Dior Rouge Dior Lipcolor in Fuchsia Star. It’s on our lists for the next time we fall off the “I couldn’t possibly buy ANOTHER lipstick” wagon. Because it’ll happen.

All of the colors mentioned in the blog can be chosen and combined – along with BrowPro — into a Custom Kit, or you can 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 ladies of the BET Awards — we won’t put Beyonce’s and Kim Kardashian’s pictures next to one another — and any interesting looks from tonight’s premiere of Katy Perry’s Part of Me docu-drama concert film and Russell Brand bash-fest.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day, and take a moment to remember what the holiday really means; THEN enjoy the fireworks. If you’re in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, or California dealing with those devastating fires, or in the Washington DC/Maryland metro area without power, our hearts go out to you, as do our thoughts and prayers.