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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 Jezebel.com 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

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"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.

Stars on Parade: Beauty on the Red Carpet

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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 KNIGHTLY

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

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

KATY PERRY

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

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

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

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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
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.

AMANDA SEYFRIED
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.

SHERYL CROW
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
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…

JESSICA CHASTAIN
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's...makeup

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…

LAURA BELL BUNDY
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 ContactMusic.com 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…

Celebrity Brows, Part 3: Fully Loaded…

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Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

This week we’re wrapping up our three-part series on celebrity brows with “Fully Loaded.” In case you missed them, here are links to Part 1: Thin Is In  and Part 2: Medium Done Well. These are the most au courant brows according to everything we saw on the Spring 2012 and Fall 2012 runways from New York to Paris, influencing the looks of ,odels and celebrities, and provoking countless editorial spreads, column inches, and digital pixels and editors and bloggers tell you how important your brows are these days.

Here is the last of our super-close shots of celebrities and their lush eyebrows. While dominated by brunettes, there are a surprising number of blondes here – but not a single redhead, natural or otherwise.  And once again, credit must go to the talented makeup artists who took these already gorgeous faces and made them even MORE beautiful. Not a bad way to make a living, no?

Her engagement ring actually managed to overshadow the last thing Angelina Jolie did that was so “newsworthy” – remember #angiesrightleg as a trending topic on Twitter the night of the Oscars? Yet whether you thought her pose was overwrought or ironic (we saw irony; one look at her expression was all it took), you can’t deny her makeup that night was stunning. Although her appearance is often altered for movie roles, when left to her own devices, she sticks to a range of brunette shades and keeps her brows full and arched, always matching in tone (warm or cool). At the Oscars, Angelina was sporting warm caramel highlights in her sexy waves that played off her golden bronzed eye makeup, so her full, arched brows are filled in with a warm brunette powder. If she were wearing BrowPro, she’d be a Full Brown.

Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger, Brad Pitt’s co-star in “Troy” (how very “Six Degrees” from Angie!) is our first full-browed blonde. Pacey’s girlfriend, as she’s know in these parts (please tell us you get this one and that you’re neither too young nor too old to not know that she’s dating Joshua Jackson, “Pacey” from “Dawson’s Creek.” Please.) chose similar metallic eye makeup colors as Angelina, although hers fell into the cooler range. The German actress wears her dark blonde brows naturally heavy yet well-groomed, opting to simply brush and fix them. Not many natural blondes are so lucky! We think they look perfect as is.

Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese

Actress, burlesque artist, and the ex-Mrs. Marilyn Manson, Dita Von Teese, has a trademark look that includes a classically drawn and arched brow, a la Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, and other stars of a bygone era. A natural blonde, one imagines the upkeep! Yet it somehow suits her. Obviously, Dita would be a BrowPro Full Dark! And it would cover any blonde roots that may be showing, as BrowPro is great for covering resistant grey brow hairs.

Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen

The youngest of the Olsen siblings, Elizabeth Olsen may not have been on our radar since she was in diapers like her older twin sisters, but she certainly rocketed onto the scene with a lot of aplomb and a star turn in “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” Another full-browed blonde, Elizabeth, like Diane Kruger, is lucky to have both dark enough brow hair and heavy enough brows that all that was necessary was to brush and fix her brows with a bit of gel. An older actress might prefer more grooming and shaping, but the look suits her.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez was the Oscars’ other trending Twitter topic for her maybe-she-did, maybe-she-didn’t onstage wardrobe malfunction whilst presenting an award with Cameron Diaz. Unlike Cameron’s insipid brows (see “Thin Is In”), Jennifer’s brows are rather more present; they need to be to balance out her very dramatic eye makeup, which received mixed reviews. It’s very theatrical and drag-queeny up close. Her brows are of almost uniform thickness from close to the bridge of her nose outward and only taper slightly at the ends. They don’t have a natural arch, but instead are “winged,” tilting upward toward the temple instead of coming back down from the peak. That chunky uniformity is accentuated by her makeup artist filling her already full brows in further. It’s not a look just anyone could pull off; it says something about her force of personality that Jennifer does. If she were to use BrowPro, she’d be closer to a Full Brown than a Full Dark with her “bronde” hair.

Kate Bosworth

Kate Bosworth

Kate Bosworth’s unusual eye color is really on display in this tight shot. The delicate blonde, who recently got rid of her turquoise dip-dyed tips, is another with quite full brows. Thinking back again to last week’s post, wouldn’t Gwyneth Paltrow  look great with Kate’s brows? These are classical full brows, beautifully groomed, shaped, filled, and fixed. Kate would be a BrowPro Full Light, which would have colored, defined, shaped, and held the eyebrows in place all evening.

Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara

Last week, we had Kate Mara; this week we have Rooney Mara. Watching Lizbeth Salander in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” we had no idea that, unbleached, Rooney had such fabulous eyebrows! Although we’ve since seen pictures of Rooney shooting another film with a haircolor closer to her natural mid-level brown, we’re pleased she’ll be back to Lizbeth’s black tones soon for the next film in the trilogy, as the color really suits her translucent skin and vivid blue eyes. Her full, dark brows are a bit more winged than arched, but are well-shaped and tapered, so they’re not too severe and are actually quite feminine. Rooney is definitely a BrowPro Full Dark.

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara

Finally, we have “Modern Family” co-star and CoverGirl spokeswoman, Sofia Vergara (we don’t watch the TV show, so we weren’t fans, but her commercials with Ellen Degeneres are quite funny and now we’re Sofia converts). We read recently that she a natural blonde, which would explain why she has to fill in her brows so much and why they’re so fair. She has very full brows, but you can see from the tight shot that there is a lot of brow powder and pencil involved, and her brows are still fairly light – we’d just assumed she was matching her brows to heavily highlighted and base-broken dark hair.  See how wrong you can be when you make assumptions? Sofia would be a perfect candidate for BrowPro in Full Medium, which would color, define, shape, and hold her eyebrows in place in a single application, and look less diffused.

BrowPro is available in three creamy brow-enhancing shades that blend to match most eyebrows:

  • Light (for blonde to light brown hair)
  • Brown (for medium to dark brown hair)
  • Dark (for dark brown to black hair)

In three popular shapes:

  • Thin
  • Medium
  • Full

Why ColorOn BrowPro?

  • Superior results – fills in even the sparsest brows, and covers the most resistant gray brows.
  • Blended with pure minerals for a rich, multi-toned hue and creamy consistency that will not fade, and is long-lasting, water-proof, and sweat-proof yet gentle to the skin.
  • Safe and easy to use, hygienic, functional, portable, and economical.

BrowPro comes with 2 applicators (4 applications), a disposable spooly brush, and Get Set! Setting Powder, and is available as part of the Custom Kits. Just add the BrowPro in your color and shape to your Custom Kit (Medium Brows in Light, Full Brows in Dark, Thin Brows in Brown, etc.), the same way you would choose an Instant Eye Shadow. Now you can create a Custom Kit with brows and eye makeup all in one, for the same price as always. It’s a great way to try BrowPro! As always, any color mentioned in the blog can be chosen and combined 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.

And now, the Winner’s Circle. The lucky eVIP to win this week’s random drawing for a free 10-application Custom Kit is Danielle Hanna of Tamarac, Florida. She’ll be watching her mailbox to see what beautiful surprise we send her. As always, we encourage our Winners Circle members to post their experiences on our Facebook Fan Page once they’ve had time to play with their new makeup, so that all of you get the benefit of real feedback on the products. Not an eVIP? Sign up now on the website.

Have an amazing week!

We’ll Be Seeing You in Blue, Too…

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Backstage at Sonia Rykiel Paris Fashion Week F/W 2012

Backstage at Sonia Rykiel Paris Fashion Week F/W 2012

Some of you may be too young to remember when author and “cosmetics cop” Paula Begoun wrote the definitive makeup guide, “Blue Eyeshadow Should Illegal,” which launched her career as a consumer advocate, advising women on how to parse all of the hype in beauty advertising, and eventually authoring dozens of books that listed the ingredients of hundreds of skincare and cosmetics products from every major line, from the most expensive department store brands to drugstore staples to multi-level and home-based companies – giving the average woman the ability to compare ingredients and understand just what those ingredients can and cannot do. It was a revelation to discover that, 1) the main ingredient in cult favorite Crème de la Mer is petrolatum (yes, that’s Vaseline), 2) that with the exception of its proprietary “miracle broth,” the ingredients in the jar of moisturizer were essentially the same as those in an 8-ounce, $4 pump bottle of Vaseline Intensive Care lotion, and 3) that at the time of its debut, Crème de la Mer was one of the first face creams to exceed $100 for a one-ounce jar – well over two decades ago.

Many things have changed – not the least of which is that “blue eyeshadow” no longer is the shiny, flaky, icy-blue mess she was referring to. In fact, blue is the new black when it comes to the smoky eye; it’s surprisingly versatile and has been all over the runways for the last four or five seasons just as often as black, pewter, plum, or brown. Check out the eye makeup from last weekend’s “Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards” and “47th American Academy of Country Music Awards,” and last week’s live elimination episodes of “The Voice” and you’ll see exactly what we mean.

Selena Gomez/Getty Images

Selena Gomez/Getty Images

Selena Gomez:  In this instance, a metallic cobalt eye shadow brings out an almost coppery tone in Selena’s brown eyes. Try Color On instant eye shadow in Dusky Twilight from the Painted Desert Variety Kit, a combination of dusty periwinkle and shimmering indigo. The most intense color payoff is from the lash line into the crease, blending just into the browbone and outward in a slight wing. The same cobalt is swept under the lower lashes as well, then black kohl as added to the inner rims. A few individual false lashes at the outer corners of the eyes and lots of black mascara create a further “cat’s eye “ effect without resorting to traditional liner. With such a strong pop of deep color at the eyes, her brows are simply brushed and set, and the rest of Selena’s face is perfected with a bit of tinted moisturizer (if even that – she’s only 19), a touch of creamy nude blush, and a creamy nude/pink lipstick.

Kristen Stewart/Getty Images

Kristen Stewart/Getty Images

Kristen Stewart: Kristen opted for a lighter, more shimmery shade of teal blue to complement her hazel/green eyes. Her lashes were curled and black mascara applied, but no heavy black kohl on the inner rims; instead, a shimmery eye pencil in shade just a bit lighter was applied.  ColorOn’s Sunset Romance, a mermaid’s smoky summer eye look with a little pop of Caribbean turquoise and golden sand, and a lovely shimmering teal blue liner from the Romance Variety Kit will get you a similar effect. With her hair back to its lighter brown with red undertones, BrowPro in Medium Brown would help set her straight, short brows in place and give them a slight arch with a bit more extension.  Again, with such a bright pop of color as the focal point, the rest of her face is left essentially bare, with just a touch of dusty pink cream blush and a matching lip balm.

Heidi Klum, now.../Getty Images

Heidi Klum, now...

Heidi Klum: The supermodel, supermom, and reality TV star opted not so much for blue eye shadow as blue eye liner, perhaps still feeling the sting of the harsh criticism of beauty editors heaped upon her last year for the rather overdone look ice-blue look that extended from the inner corners of her eyes up to her brows all the way to her temples.

Heidi Klum, then...

Heidi Klum, then...

Her look at the Kid’s Choice Awards was a model of restraint by comparison, with a simple nude shadow topped by a slightly shimmering denim-blue liner both above and below the lashes. Start with ColorOn Ibiza from the Eye Envy Smoky Variety Kit, a gradient warm matte beige and brown, and then layer on Smooth Peacock Blue Shimmer loose mineral pigment, a shimmery bright faded-denim blue, as an eye liner. Add plenty of black mascara, a flushed peach blush, and lightly shimmering peach gloss. She looks healthy and vibrant, and hardly the mother of four small children. This time, the critics saved their harsh words for her thigh-high grey suede boots.

Katy Perry/Getty Images

Katy Perry/Getty Images

Katy Perry: We’ve said it before – Katy Perry never met a bright color she didn’t want to apply to somewhere to her face or head. Surprisingly, when she was dying her naturally dark blonde/light brown hair that very unnatural shade of black, she tended to opt for gold, copper, and bronze eye makeup, which really made her blue eyes blaze. Now, one might think that while she sports Smurf-blue hair that those same earthy metallics would serve her again so that her beautiful blue eyes aren’t competing with her haircolor. Instead, Katy’s been piling on the blue eye shadow, creating a monochromatic look that borders on the cartoonish – and that’s really saying something when you’re talking about KATY PERRY. The Kids Choice Awards were no different – she complemented her “I Dream of Jeannie” hairstyle (replete with long blue hairpiece and violet highlights) with an eye makeup palette in shades of blue from sky to turquoise (at least they were matte and not shimmer), her trademark false lashes and black mascara, and her always perfectly arched-and groomed brows (BrowPro in Full Dark would best suit her. Try ColorOn’s Summer Sky instant eye shadow from the Romance Variety Kit. She tops it all off with the barest hint of a flushed pink cheek color, and bright fuchsia lips. It went ever-so-well with her neon slime-green cropped latex tank top, green-and-grey patterned mini skirt, and matching neon green patent peep-toe platform pumps.  Our eyes hurt remembering what it looked like.

Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer: Country artist Jana Kramer sported a deep smoky blue eye to match her strapless sapphire-blue and black dress at the “47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards” in Las Vegas. To play with a similar concept, blend a deep indigo shadow up to the crease, flicking outwards a bit at the corners of the eyes, then blending it to a paler periwinkle on the browbone and at the inner corners of the eye. Try ColorOn’s Dusky Twilight from the Painted Desert Variety Kit, a combination of dusty periwinkle and shimmering indigo. Rim the waterline with black kohl and add plenty of black mascara. The result is moody but precise, unlike the more “worn in” smoky eyes we saw in the Fall 2012 Fashion Week wrap ups where the shadows extended well beyond the perimeters we’re seeing here. Brows are shaped, arched and filled (you can accomplish all three in one step with BrowPro. A touch of cool mauve blush and a satin lipstick in the same family keep the focus firmly on the eyes and her beautiful natural curls.

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera: “The Voice’s” only female coach cleaned up her act this week for the back-to-back live elimination shows, dumping her platinum extensions, overdone makeup and too-orange self-tanner, and the plunging necklines that had viewers convinced a wardrobe malfunction was imminent for a shockingly softened and much more subtle look that the self-professed “dirty girl” has worn in many years (and that includes the years she was pregnant!).  Get a similar look with ColorOn’s Avatare instant eye shadow (available only in the Custom Kits, shimmering prismatically from sky blue at the inner corner of the eye to a bright pop of citron over the center of the pupil to a deep glittering navy at the corners. Blend to flick slightly upward toward the tail of the brow. Use a pointed eyeshadow brush to pick up some of the extra shadow from the cover film, and line the inner third under the lower lashes with the lighter blue, and the outer two-thirds with the deeper blue.  Xtina wears strip eyelashes, but unless you’re comfortable applying them (Google “Jennifer Love Hewitt” to see how easily THAT can go wrong, even with professional help), a couple of coats of black mascara, with special concentration at the outer third of the upper lashes, should suffice. Even someone as blonde as Christina grooms and fills in her brows (opting to keep them thin, although she’s wearing them considerably fuller than she once did) – BrowPro in Thin Light would be a perfect match – and instead of her old contouring-and bronzer habit, she’s added a pretty pink blush and matching pink macaroon gloss. This look is so delicate and pretty we are still a bit shocked.

All of the colors mentioned in the blog can be chosen and combined into a Custom Kit , or you can buy the Variety Kit in which they’re featured. Either way, same price. BrowPro comes with 2 applicators (4 applications), a disposable spooly brush, and Get Set! Setting Powder, and is available as part of the Custom Kits as well. Just add the BrowPro in your color and shape to your Custom Kit (Medium Brows in Light, Full Brows in Dark, Thin Brows in Brown, etc.), the same way you would choose an Instant Eye Shadow. Now you can create a Custom Kit with brows and eye makeup all in one, for the same price as always. It’s a great way to try BrowPro!

Need a tutorial? Watch the video on the website for application tips and tricks.

And now, the Winner’s Circle. The lucky eVIP to win this week’s random drawing for a free 10-application Custom Kit is Jennifer Atchley of Clovis, New Mexico. She’ll be watching her mailbox to see what beautiful surprise we send her. As always, we encourage our Winners Circle members to post their experiences on our Facebook Fan Page once they’ve had time to play with their new makeup, so that all of you get the benefit of real feedback on the products. Not an eVIP? Sign up now on the website.

For those of you who celebrate it, have a safe and happy Easter and Passover. And to everyone, have a gorgeous week…

That’s a Wrap: Oscar Closes Awards Season with the Leg and the ‘Slip’ That Launched Their Own Twitter Accounts…and Some Sparkle and Smoke

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Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie, leg currently unavailable

Yes, the consensus was the 84thAnnual Academy Awards show was the usual snooze-fest. Don’t you think Eddie Murphy would have been a real game changer? You can thank uber-jerk Brett Ratner for the fossilized and strangely taut-faced Billy Crystal.

Jennifer Lopez, all taped in

Jennifer Lopez, all taped in

However, we did have the leg and the “wardrobe malfunction” that launched their very own Twitter accounts, courtesy of Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Lopez, respectively (#AngiesRightLeg and #JLoNipSlip). Trending topics aside, both ladies looked amazing (in their own way) at the Oscars. Here they are together; we’ll let you pick your favorite Twitter darling.

The Oscars are NOT the night when celebrities experiment with their look, with a few notable exceptions. For the most part, we saw more to talk about in the hair department than the makeup.

Viola Davis: The Best Actress nominee for “The Help” decided to abandon her wigs and appear with her natural, closely cropped hair, and she looked stunning!

Viola Davis, naturally stunning

Viola Davis, naturally stunning

The coppery shade, slightly darker that her own burnished skin tone, was beautifully complimented by her emerald Vera Wang strapless gown and a deeper, sparkling forest-green eyeliner. You could get the same look, depending on your skin tone, by starting with a shimmering base color like Bronze Goddess, a shimmery gold and glimmering deep brown that combine to create a rich bronzed look (from the Metallics Variety Kit), then heavily lining the upper and lower lash lines with a deep metallic green. Black mascara and black kohl liner on the inner rims complete the look. If your skin is a lighter tone, try coppers or golds instead of bronze as your base. It was very brave of Viola to step out on a night like this and reveal her natural beauty, to be herself without hiding behind a false image contrived by Hollywood; we hope it is the start of a trend toward women accentuating and accepting their beauty instead of working so hard to conform to an impossible standard.

Kristen Wiig, casually elegant

Kristen Wiig, casually elegant

Kristen Wiig: The “Bridesmaids” Best Original Screenplay nominee and star took some flak for her too-casual hairstyle (we thought it suited her comedic personality, the J. Mendel dress, and her Red Carpet style), but in a sea of updos and overdone looks, Kristen was refreshingly refined. Complementing her beachy waves and nude-only-better shirred tulle, her makeup was a palette of shimmery nudes. Start with ColorOn’s Gypsy, a gradient white and mocha metallic wash from the Eye Envy Precious Metals Variety Kit, and then add a bit of additional shimmer in the inner corners and below the lower lash line with Smooth Patina Silver Shimmer loose mineral pigment, which will bring out the cool shimmer base in Gypsy. Concentrate your mascara on the upper lashes with additional coats on the outer third, waiting for them to dry between coats; it will give you that heavy lidded, sexy look. A quick swipe on the lower lashes for balance, a swirl of the lightest bronzer, and a satiny nude lipstick with pink undertones and you’ll have the same shimmery-yet-natural look.

Penelope Cruz, perfect smoky eyes

Penelope Cruz, perfect smoky eyes

Penelope Cruz: We were talking about presenter Penelope Cruz’s hair, but not in the good way. Her faux bob was just the wrong length and made her look matronly instead of retro; and she has such gorgeously abundant long hair! But, her smoky eye makeup was timelessly sexy. Try Into Orbit,  a combination of pale brown sugar, mocha, dark chocolate, and milky chocolate layered across the eyelid to create a complex multi-tonal smoked eye, from the Eye Envy Odyssey Variety Kit. This look calls for a strong brow, so if yours are not as elegantly arched and extended as Penelope’s, be sure to fill them in. Curl your lashes, and take a fine eyeliner brush to the cover sheet to pick up the extra creamy mineral shadow left there, and draw a fine line below the lower lashes as close in as you can get. Use plenty of black mascara on the upper and lower lashes to achieve the same wide-open look. A touch of nude/pink blush swept toward the temples and a matte pinkish nude lipstick leave the eyes as the focal point.

Rose Byrne, iconic look

Rose Byrne, iconic look

Rose Byrne: Kristen Wiig’s “Bridesmaids” co-star has been working this iconic hairstyle all award season, and it’s grown on us as we remember its cinematic history: Uma Thurman in “Pulp Fiction,” Michelle Pfeiffer in “Scarface,” Julie Christie in “Shampoo,” Faye Dunaway in “Bonnie & Clyde”…all the way back to Cleopatra (or at least Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra). And it draws attention to her picture-perfect smoky eyes, done in the classic mode without shimmer, glitter, or embellishment (she left that to her fantastic Vivienne Westwood one-shouldered and sequined gown). Use Noche from ColorOn’s Eye Envy Smoky or Bestsellers Variety Kits, a seductive wash of black and deep grey shadows where Old Hollywood glamour meets today’s technology. Dip a fine eyeliner brush in the extra creamy mineral shadow left on the cover sheet and apply a super-fine line under the lower lashes at the outer half of the eyes, giving it a slight upward flick. The rest of the face is almost bare, with just a hint of peachy nude blush on the apples of the cheeks and a nude lipstick with warm peach undertones that is somewhere between satin and matte, but not a hint of shimmer or shine. Again, this is all about the eyes.

Stacy Keibler, honorable mention, sparkle

Stacy Keibler, honorable mention, sparkle

Gwyneth Paltrow, honorable mention, sparkle

Gwyneth Paltrow, honorable mention, sparkle

Honorable mentions for “sparkle” go to George Clooney’s “plus one” Stacy Keibler, who was gold from head to toe – literally – including her eye makeup; Gwyneth Paltrow (she of the caped Tom Ford gown), who also wore shades of tawny golden eye makeup; and Viola Davis’s co-star from “The Help,” Jessica Chastain, whose shimmering rose gold and copper eye makeup picked up the intricate embroidery on her Alexander McQueen gown.

Jessica Chastain, honorable mention, sparkle

Jessica Chastain, honorable mention, sparkle

Octavia Spencer, honorable mention, smoke

Octavia Spencer, honorable mention, smoke

Honorable mentions for “smoke” go to another cast member from “The Help,” Best Supporting Actress Winner, Octavia Spencer; last year’s Best Actress winner, Natalie Portman, even though her vintage Dior gown was a total letdown after last year’s amazing season of pregnancy gowns; Best Actress nominee from “The Artist,”

Natalie Portman, honorable mention, smoke

Natalie Portman, honorable mention, smoke

Berenice Bejo, honorable mention, smoke

Berenice Bejo, honorable mention, smoke

Berenice Bejo; the former Posh Spice-turned-fashion designer, Victoria Beckham (so she was at the parties, not the ceremony, but her gowns

were all over the place); and one dishonorable mention to Cameron Diaz, whose black kohl eyeliner on just the inner rims, paired with her now platinum-white bob, shimmering pastel eye shadow, bright pink lipstick,  and strangely altered facial structure, was overly harsh and unflattering. She should have gone for a fully smoky eye, or stuck with the pastels (as fou-fou as they were); together they aged her terribly. Someone’s doing her a disservice, and getting paid for it.

Victoria Beckham, honorable mention, smoke

Victoria Beckham, honorable mention, smoke

Cameron Diaz, dishonorable mention

Cameron Diaz, dishonorable mention

All of the colors mentioned in the blog can be chosen and combined 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.

And now, the Winner’s Circle. The lucky eVIP to win this week’s random drawing for a free 10-application Custom Kit is Joanna Pena of New York, New York. She’ll be watching her mailbox to see what beautiful surprise we send her. As always, we encourage our Winners Circle members to post their experiences on our Facebook Fan Page once they’ve had time to play with their new makeup, so that all of you get the benefit of real feedback on the products. Not an eVIP? Sign up now on the website.

That’s it for awards season — until Academy of Country Music Awards on April 1. That used to be more of a fashion disaster than a trend setter, but with the likes of Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, the Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum, Faith Hill, and others singing country music, it isn’t just big hair and sequins anymore. But we have plenty of time in between to follow up on London, Milan, and Paris Fashion Weeks, the celebrities who sat front and center, and a Kardashian or two, should they do something interesting.

Have a beautiful week!

The Eyes Have It: Runway to Red Carpet; Winner’s Circle

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Adele/InStyle.com

Adele/InStyle.com

At the close of the Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week last week, a writer at Women’s Wear Daily noted that one of the biggest trends from the Spring 2012 runway shows last year (yes, this is weird but that’s how it works – Spring clothes are shown in September, and Fall clothes are shown in February) that carried over into the Fall shows is the continued focus on eye makeup. To which we, as noted in last week’s blog post, say “yeah, baby!” That’s not to say that EVERY designer went for major eye makeup; rather that they were in the majority.

We see the influence of the runway reflected quite heavily in two places: the cosmetic counters and aisles (depending on where you shop), and on the red carpet. Most of the “name” makeup artists work with cosmetic brands, and what they use on the runways typically hits your local department store or drugstore about the same time that 800-page issue of Vogue hits the street twice a year, and you go in search of something you can afford. Since for the vast majority of us that isn’t going to be a piece of clothing – even by a new designer – what it IS likely to be is makeup. We can almost all afford to buy a lipstick or an eyeshadow palette or a nail polish that we saw in the magazines or on their websites that we just have to have. And now that the drugstore brands have great makeup artists attached to them (Pat McGrath for Cover Girl, Gucci Westman for Revlon), and are competing for the same dollars as Estee Lauder (Tom Pecheux), MAC (Charlotte Tilbury, Lucia Pieroni), (Francois) Nars, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, et al, the quality of those cosmetics has risen to unanticipated levels. And the advertising dollars spent on a Cover Girl or L’Oreal eye makeup campaign easily rivals that of Chanel or Lancome.

So, from the runway to the red carpet to…you. The Internet has become the great equalizer; within hours of a runway show or an awards show, you will find the photos and someone’s commentary online. Within a day, you will find most everyone’s photos and commentary online. In a week’s time, you have so much to choose from that you can cherry pick the absolute best. And with the Internet, you have the added ability to add instant gratification to the mix by purchasing the tools necessary to recreate the looks you love armed with just a mouse and a small piece of plastic.

So, we promised you that we didn’t forget about the GRAMMY Awards – in fact, we have our four favorite looks from the show, and if you were to compare them to pictures from the runway shows, you’d see that every look has its origins there, even Adele’s modern interpretation of classic Sixties’ eye makeup.

Corinne Bailey Rae/InStyle.com

Corinne Bailey Rae/InStyle.com

Adele: Isn’t she just fabulous? Six GRAMMY awards for her seconds album, and she’s 23. We love her look, and how she knows her own strengths and plays to them. Heavy eyeliner was all over the runways for Fall 2012 (we highlighted our favorite, Rachel Zoe, last week), and Adele is the reigning queen of the cat’s eye liner and nude lip, but for the GRAMMY awards, she surprised everyone with a bright red lip, and shorter and brighter blonde hair. You can create the same eye look by starting with a base of ColorOn’s Platinum & Pearls, a gradient shimmering white and silvery platinum metallic from the Metallics Variety Kit. Layer on your favorite form of black eyeliner and multiple coats of mascara to the top lashes, concentrating most heavily on the lashes at the outer third of the eyes. A simple swipe of mascara is enough for the lower lashes – too much liner or mascara on the lower lashes will close up the eye. Be sure that your brows are groomed and filled and your skin perfected but not heavily made up. With the lip, you can go bold with a classic red like Adele’s, or a fuchsia, burgundy, or plum, depending on your coloring and comfort level – but it should be a satin, not a gloss.

Corinne Bailey Rae:There was plenty of commentary of Corinne Bailey Rae’s hair and dress (we loved her hair and were neutral on the dress), but everyone was unanimous on her eye makeup: major win. We saw the same silver shadow at 3.1 Phillip Lim at NYFW. Start

Kelly Osbourne/InStyle.com

Kelly Osbourne/InStyle.com

again with ColorOn’s Platinum & Pearls from the Metallics Variety Kit, but confine the shadows to just above the crease. Then, layer on ColorOn’s Smooth Patina Silver Shimmer loose mineral pigment, a medium-grey shimmer, bringing it into the corners of the eye and below the lower lash line. Use black mascara on upper and lower lashes in equal measure. Grooms brows, add a hint of creamy rose blush, and go for major impact with a deep rose-red satin lipstick.

Kelly Osbourne: Kelly Osbourne has been rocking various shades of grey hair in an effort to “give her hair a break” from bleaching it blonde, but for the GRAMMYs, added a lavender tint that matched her makeup for a monochrome look that was surprisingly delicate and feminine. The only other color she used was the metallic gold and bronze eye makeup, very similar to the look seen on the runway at Mara Hoffman. Use ColorOn’s Bronze Goddess, a shimmery gold and glimmering deep brown that combine to create a rich bronzed look, from the Metallics Variety Kit. A deep topaz brown liner and multiple coats of mascara to the top lashes, concentrating most heavily on the lashes at the outer third of the eyes create the sexy, heavy lidded look, with just a touch of mascara on the lower lashes. A swirl of mauve-y lavender blush and a satin pink lipstick with definite lavender undertones complete the look.

Rihanna/InStyle.com

Rihanna/InStyle.com

Rihanna: When people finally stopped gasping at her custom-designed, plunging Armani dress, they took note of her newly blonde shag and gorgeous caramel-colored makeup with smokey brown eye makeup just like that shown on multiple NYFW runways visited by makeup artists Charlotte Tilbury and Francois Nars. You can get a similar look using ColorOn’s Gypsy, for a deep sultry eye with rich hues of metallic mocha and a wash of frothy shimmering white from the Metallics Variety Kit. Use an eyeliner brush to grab the extra creamy mineral shadow from the cover sheet and line under the lower lashes, then add black mascara and black kohl on the inner rims of the eyes. A golden-toned bronzer topped with a swirl of pink blush and pale pinkish-nude satin lipstick complete the look.

All of the colors mentioned can be combined and purchased as a Custom Kit, or you can instead buy the Variety Kit in which they’re featured. Either way, same price. Need a tutorial? Watch the video on the website for application tips and tricks.

And now, the Winner’s Circle. This week’s lucky eVIP to win our random drawing for a free 10-application Custom Kit is  Jeanavette Kucharski of Hobe Sound, Florida. She’ll be watching her mailbox next to see what beautiful surprise we send her. As always, we encourage our Winners Circle members to post their experiences on our Facebook Fan Page once they’ve had time to play with their new makeup, so that all of you get the benefit of real feedback on the products. Not an eVIP? Sign up now on the website.

Sunday is the Academy Awards! Will we be watching? Most likely. Will we be talking about it in the next blog post? Most definitely!

Heavy Metals at SAG, Valetine’s Kits, and the Winners Circle!

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Viola Davis/Jeff Vespa-WireImage

Viola Davis/Jeff Vespa-WireImage

We’re going to pack a lot into this post! The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards were last Sunday, and some of the stars seemed to shine just a bit brighter at the awards bestowed by their peers. Perhaps it was also that the Red Carpet had them facing the late afternoon sun (California time; full-on evening drag at 4:00 PM), and it burnished them like Goddesses. The gowns were truly outstanding, and there were many more “hits” than “misses.” Here are a few of our favorites:

Viola Davis: With golden eye makeup to match her stunning Marchesa gold-embroidered, Grecian-style gown, Best Actress for “The Help,” Viola Davis absolutely shined. ColorOn’s 14 Karat instant eye shadow from the Metallics Variety Kit will give you the same look, and is highly pigmented enough for even the deepest skin tones. All of our instant eye shadows have an intense color payoff of the creamy mineral shadows for just that reason. Winged black eye liner, a sweep of matte bronzer, and a sheer copper gloss complete her “heavy metal”  look.

Archie Panjabi/Steve Granitz-WireImage

Archie Panjabi/Steve Granitz-WireImage

Archie Panjabi: The exotic actress, part of the cast of the TV series “The Good Wife,” but always remembered as the bride from “Bend it Like Beckham,” went to the opposite end of the metal spectrum, using platinum, silver, and pewter to create a smokey eye that pops instead of recedes, complementing her Carolina Herrera onyx one-shoulder silk tuxedo gown and major diamond tassel earrings. You can get a similar look by starting with ColorOn’s Platinum & Pearls from the Metallics Variety Kit, then using our Smooth Patina Silver Shimmer loose minerals as a contour, and Smooth Black Star Blue Shimmer along the lash line. Instead of the strip of false lashes (unless you’re REALLY good with them), apply an extra coat or two of mascara to the lashes at the outer third of the eye, allowing the lashes to dry between coats. A pop of color with a satiny raspberry lipstick, and you’ve duplicated the same elegant look.

Amber Heard/John Shearer-WireImage

Amber Heard/John Shearer-WireImage

Amber Heard: “The Playboy Club” actress has been lauded all season for her award show fashion choices, and the SAG Awards were no different. But instead of her usual “Old Hollywood” hair and makeup, she opted for a contemporary updo and monochromatic bronzed makeup that made her green eyes really pop and were a perfect foil for her black Zac Posen gown with plenty of strategic cutouts.

You can achieve the same look with ColorOn’s Bronze Goddess instant eye shadow from the Metallics Variety Kit, bringing the shadow all the way up to the brow, and using the extra creamy mineral shadow from the cover film to line below the lower lash line, totally encircling the eye. Black mascara, a bronzed highlighter on the tops of the cheekbones, and a matte nude lip with pink undertones balance out the metallic eye without going overboard. A shimmer or shiny  lipgloss or lipstick would have been too much. The trick with metallics and shimmers is to pick just one feature or area of concentration. Otherwise you risk looking like you just escaped from MTV circa the 1980s.

Of course, we have to mention the Limited Edition Valentine’s Kits: Lavender Love, Sweet Heart, and Sexy Valentine, which come with everything you need to create a special look for this especially romantic holiday.

Lavender Love's "Peace & Love" instant eye shadow

Lavender Love's "Peace & Love" instant eye shadow

Lavender Love: A playful look in purple, this lavender-and-amethyst shadow combination sends a heartfelt message of peace and love. Beautiful amethyst shadow adorns your eyelid, shading to sweet lavender on your brow bone, highlighted with plummy peace signs and hearts. The kit comes with three sets of “Peace and Love” instant eye shadows, our shimmering Setting Powder #2, and a pot of our loose mineral Metallic Silver Glitter. What better way to promote peace and love that with a look that says it all?
Sweet Heart's "Deeply in Love" instant eye shadow

Sweet Heart's "Deeply in Love" instant eye shadow

Sweet Heart: Like Valentine’s candy for your eyes, this cotton-candy pink design has it all: white polka dots on a field of pretty pink for your lids, shading to a sweep of the same kissable color on your brow bone, adorned with two white hearts outlined in red. Close your eyes, and he’ll feel the love. The kit comes with three sets of “Deeply in Love” instant eye shadows, our shimmering Setting Powder #2, and a pot of our loose mineral Metallic Silver Glitter. Your sweetheart will know just how you feel without you ever saying a word!
Sexy Valentine in Blue

Sexy Valentine in Blue

Sexy Valentine: For a very grown-up Valentine’s Day, tell your sweetheart like it is with these slightly naughty eye looks.
Sexy Valentine in Green

Sexy Valentine in Green

Start that special conversation with your eyes, and never say a word. One look says it all: Very. Sexy. Beautiful shades of honeysuckle pink, vibrant turquoise, and bright chartreuse with black polka dots adorn your lids, below those two very important words, one on each brow bone.
Sexy Valentine in Pink

Sexy Valentine in Pink

Metallic Silver Glitter

Metallic Silver Glitter

The kit comes with shimmery Setting Powder #2 and a pot of our loose mineral Metallic Silver Glitter.

Remember that ColorOn…Professional is THE ORIGINAL, patented instant eye shadow applicator product. All similar products on the market are inferior and many are even patent infringements. We are:

  •  The original 24-hour eye shadows.
  • ColorOn is Waterproof.
  • ColorOn has a built-in primer.
  • ColorOn instant eye shadows start your day and last through the night.

Need a tutorial? Watch the video on the website for application tips and tricks.

Now, the Winner’s Circle. This week’s lucky eVIP to win our random drawing for a free 10-application Custom Kit is Denia Baron of Lafayette, Louisiana. She’ll be watching her mailbox next to see what beautiful surprise we send her. As always, we encourage our Winners Circle members to post their experiences on our Facebook Fan Page once they’ve had time to play with their new makeup, so that all of you get the benefit of real feedback on the products. Not an eVIP? Sign up now on the website.

Have a glorious week!

The Golden Globes: Plenty of Smoke and Color; Winner’s Circle

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Emma Stone/Gettty Images

Emma Stone/Gettty Images

The Golden Globe Awards are the opening act of the year’s award show season, and with the exception of a few major missteps (which will be so well-dissected in the press that those poor celebs will NEVER make the same mistake again), everyone looked really lovely – much more so that we remember from last year.

One makeup trend we enjoyed was the use of color to create the smoky eye – and one purely perfect example of last week’s color trend we blogged about: rose and gold. We also chose a range of hair colors, skin tones, and ages – all are gorgeous, yes, but the real world isn’t all statuesque blondes, is it?

Everything Shade BUT Black: Emma Stone’s smoky eyes were created with shades of silver, pewter, and platinum, with black added only as a liner and mascara. The effect was stunning with her bright green eyes, and further accentuated by her deep plum Lanvin gown (remember, plum is opposite green on the color wheel, so they are the perfect complement to one another). To create the same look with ColorOn, start with a base of Platinum and Pearls instant eye shadow from the Metallics Variety Kit — the cool shine of silvery platinum and shimmering white give this simple combination an edgy depth – then layer on our Smooth Patina Silver Shimmer loose mineral pigment, a medium-grey gunmetal shimmer in the crease for depth and under the lower lashes. Complete the look with a thin line of our Smooth Black Shimmer along the lash line, and plenty of black mascara.  And like Emma, with eye makeup this intense, keep the rest of the face simple with a touch a baby pink blush and a muted pink lip with a hint of shimmer.

Laura Linney/Getty Images

Laura Linney/Getty Images

Sunrise Skies: Laura Linney was a monochromatic vision in a periwinkle blue – her gown, her gorgeous earrings and her eye makeup all brought out the intense true blue of her sparkling eyes. By wearing a shade of blue that had distinctly lilac tones, it offset her blue eyes and brought out the bit of yellow and green one would otherwise never have noticed. To achieve the same effect, use ColorOn’s Finesse instant eye shadow, pop of cool lilac and soft grey, like the early morning tropical skies, from the Eye Envy Rhapsody in Grey Variety Kit. Use an eyeliner brush to take the extra creamy mineral shadow left on the clear cover to extend the shadow below the bottom lashes as well. As a woman “of a certain age” the eyes become more deep set, so a contour shade in the crease usually isn’t necessary. Just plenty of black mascara, and picking up the variety of warm tones in her blonde hair, a pale peach cream blush and warm peach glossy lipstick complete her look.

Viola Davis/Getty Images

Viola Davis/Getty Images

Violets for Viola: The lovely Viola Davis was another who chose to create a monochromatic look in various tones and shades of violet, from her pale violet gown to her smoky violet and plum eye makeup. ColorOn is perfect for deep skin tones, as our mineral makeup has an intense color payoff. To recreate Violet’s eye makeup, start with ColorOn’s Fairy Pink, a sexy smoky eye in shades of dusky pink, smoky deep, and rich merlot for a sensual look, from the Dreams Variety Kit. To add the deepest shade near her upper lash line, you could opt for the traditional and use our Smooth Black Shimmer loose mineral pigment, or try our Smooth Black Star Red Shimmer, a black and red shimmer than becomes a gorgeous dark golden blackened lilac. Nothing else but mascara is needed, with two coats on top. Viola’s gorgeous skin only requires a bit of bronzer as contour, and a crystal shimmer gloss on her shapely lips.

Madeline Stowe/Getty Images

Madeline Stowe/Getty Images

Smokey Mauve: Madeline Stowe also sticks with the cardinal rule of strong eye/soft lip, creating her smoky eye in shades of pink, mauve and chocolate, offsetting her deep brown eyes and signature long brunette locks. ColorOn’s El Instant eye shadow, a gradient soft pink and chocolate brown that combine to create a smoky mauve, found in the Smokey Classics and Bestsellers Variety Kits, will perfectly reproduce the same smoldering look. A touch of chocolate brown eyeliner dotted among the lower lashes is a softer look that a harsh line, and lots of black mascara – with two coats on the outer third – will create a similar cat’s eye effect without the drawn on and extended eyeliner. Madeline repeats the mauve tones on her blush and creamy opaque lipstick, but sticking to the paler end of the spectrum.

Sharon Osborne/Getty Images

Sharon Osborne/Getty Images

Rose and Gold: The irrepressible Sharon Osborne wore last week’s featured color trend, hot off the Spring 2012 runways – rose and gold. So did Evan Rachel Wood (who looked absolutely stunning), but isn’t it wonderful to see how it plays out on someone who isn’t 23, built like a runway model, and dressed in a plunging  halter Gucci gown made of sequins, scales, and peacock feathers that literally looked like a REAL peacock? Sharon pulled the makeup shades equally as well, with a softness than lets you know it’s a look that plays at every age. Start with ColorOn instant eye shadow in Pink Lemonade, a sunny combination of yellow and coral from the Naturally Cooler Variety Kit, and dust with our Smooth Monarch Gold Shimmer for a pure golden sparkle, or if you prefer to just wear the rose on your lips and cheeks, use ColorOn’s 14-Karat instant eye shadow from the Metallics Variety Kit. Add black mascara. Finish with your rosy blush of choice (and we think the cream and mousse formulas are brilliant on more mature skins), then top it all off with a creamy rose lipstick. Leave the glosses to the twenty-somethings who haven’t a line anywhere near their lips and don’t mind re-applying it all night.

All of the colors mentioned can be combined and purchased as a Custom Kit, or you can instead buy the Variety Kit in which they’re featured. Either way, same price. Need a tutorial? Watch the video on the website for application tips and tricks.

And now, the Winner’s Circle. This week’s lucky eVIP to win our random drawing for a free 10-application Custom Kit is Moreen Gating of Waterbury, Connecticut. She’ll be watching her mailbox next to see what beautiful surprise we send her. As always, we encourage our Winners Circle members to post their experiences on our Facebook Fan Page once they’ve had time to play with their new makeup, so that all of you get the benefit of real feedback on the products. Not an eVIP? Sign up now on the website.

Have a beautiful week!