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

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

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

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

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

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

Mila Kunis, Comic-Con

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

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

Kristen Stewart, Comic-Con

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

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

Kate Beckinsale at Comic-Con

Kate Beckinsale, Comic-Con

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

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

Tennis player Maria Sharapova on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

Tennis player Maria Sharapova on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

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

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

Maria Sharapova up close at the ESPY Awards

Maria Sharapova up close at the ESPY Awards

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

Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

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

Lindsey Vonn up close at the ESPY Awards

Lindsey Vonn up close at the ESPY Awards

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

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

Race Car Driver Danica Patrick on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

Race Car Driver Danica Patrick on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

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

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

Danica Patrick's makeup at the ESPY Awards

Danica Patrick’s makeup at the ESPY Awards

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

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

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

Snowboarder Jamie Anderson on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

Snowboarder Jamie Anderson on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

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

Jamie Anderson up close at the ESPY Awards

Jamie Anderson up close at the ESPY Awards

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

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

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

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

All of the colors mentioned in the blog can be chosen and combined – along with BrowPro — into a Custom Kit, or you can buy the Variety Kit in which they’re featured. Either way, same price. Need a tutorial? Watch the video on the website for application tips and tricks.

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

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.

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

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Zoe Saldana and Prabal Gurung at the CFDA Fashion Awards

Zoe Saldana and Prabal Gurung at the CFDA Fashion Awards

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

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

So, we move along.

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

Charlize Theron at the MTV Movie Awards

Charlize Theron at the MTV Movie Awards

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

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

Kristen Stewart at the MTV Movie Awards

Kristen Stewart at the MTV Movie Awards

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

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

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

Lily Collins at the CFDA Fashion Awards

Lily Collins at the CFDA Fashion Awards

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

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

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

Zoe Saldana's CFDA Fashion Awards makeup

Zoe Saldana’s CFDA Fashion Awards makeup

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

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

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

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

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

Have a beautiful week!

Where There’s Smoke…

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Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai

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

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

Aishwarya Rai's makeup

Aishwarya Rai’s makeup

And what does that have to do with makeup?

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

Diane Kruger & Joshua Jackson at amFar

Diane Kruger in Chanel at amFar

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

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

Diane's amFAR makeup

Diane’s amFAR makeup

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

Diane & Joshua at Night in Monaco event

Diane in Prabal Gurung at “Night in Monaco”

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

Diane's Night in Monaco makeup

Diane’s “Night in Monaco” makeup

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

Natasha Poly at the Holy Motors premiere

Natasha Poly at the Holy Motors premiere

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

Anyway.

Natasha Poly at Madagascar 3 premiere

Natasha Poly at Madagascar 3 premiere

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

Natasha's Madagascar 3 makeup

Natasha’s Madagascar 3 makeup

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

Salma Hayek at Madagascar 3 premiere

Salma Hayek at Madagascar 3 premiere

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

Salma's Madagascar 3 makeup

Salma’s Madagascar 3 makeup

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

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

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

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…

Paris Fashion Week: Bedazzled Brows and Dazzling Eyes

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Manish Arora

Manish Arora

It’s the last of our 2012 Fashion Week round ups, ending with the City of Lights, Paris. Once again, there are more similarities than differences when we compare it to New York, London, and Milan – barely there makeup on dewy, glowing skin; strong brows; lots of either slicked-back or flowing textured hair; heavily smoked eyes and nude or naked lips; delicate or nude eyes and statement lip colors; and the avante garde looks. Yes, there were some bleached brows in Paris, but probably the least number in all of the shows for Fall (yay, France!).

No reason to break a pattern here; we’ll start with the macquillage we love, then we’ll explore the slap that had us asking “quelle serieuse?” But we’ll divide it up by looks, too, just to break it up a bit for this last installment. To see larger views of the images, click on them. Most are 550×550 pixels, so you can really see the detail when you want to try these looks out for yourself.

Smoky Eyes/Nude Lips…

Costume National: Here’s a smoky eye that confines itself primarily to the upper eyelid and brow bone only, which is unusual this season. The onyx shadow starts at the inner corner of the brow, sweeping outward past the tail of the brow to come to a tapering point at the temple just shy of the hairline. More of the same deep shadow is applied from the center of the eyelid outward to mimic the “cat’s eye” shape and further draw the eye up and outward. A thin application of black liner is pushed into the lower lash line along the outer two-thirds of the eye, and black kohl is applied to the waterline.

Costume National

Costume National

To get the same effect, start with ColorOn’s Noche from the Eye Envy Smoky Variety Kit, tilting the applicator at an angle so that you get a good deposit of the deep gray and black creamy mineral shadows into the inner corner of the eye angling up and out toward the tail of the brow and temple. Once you peel away the applicator, reapply again with the darkest part pressed partially to the outer corner of the eye if there is any area that did not receive shadow from the initial application. Blend so that the edges overlap. Dip an eyeliner brush into the mineral shadow remaining on the cover film and line below the lower lash line.

Add kohl to the inner rims if you are comfortable wearing it and it doesn’t irritate your eyes. Apply a coat of black mascara but skip curling your lashes. Brush your brows up and out in the same direction as your eye makeup and fix them in place with brow gel or ColorOn BrowPro in your thickness and shade to further enhance the upward sweep of the look. The rest of the face is dusted with translucent powder and lips are bare with just a slick of non-shiny balm.

Givenchy: What a gorgeous, warm, sexy smoky eye! Instead of being drab, the monochromatic tones are rich and sensual, with the eyes sporting a glossed warm base tone, and the lips a cool matte base, yet all in the same color family.

Givenchy

Givenchy

Start with ColorOn’s Bronze Goddess from the Eye Envy Precious Metals Variety Kit, making sure you get a good application from the lash line all the way up to the brow, and from the very inner corner of the brow all the way out to the end of the tail, blending with you ring finger to be sure you cover the entire area. Take a tapered eyeshadow brush (an eyeliner brush will be too thin) and stroke it through the extra creamy shadow remaining on the cover film, and rim heavily below the lower lash line, extending it out and up to meet the shadow near the brow tail. Apply a small dab of an emollient eye cream like La Mer or Bobbi Brown Balm Extra to the lids (or one of the eye glosses like Tom Ford, Paul & Joe, MAC, or even Vaseline) to create the same glossed look, remembering that this is going to move and crease, unlike your usual application of ColorOn with its setting powder. Use a brown kohl or bronze pencil to rim the water line, and add a coat of black mascara. Brush the brows up and out toward the temples, and either fix with clear gel if your brows are dark brown or black, or use BrowPro to to color, define, shape, and hold the eyebrows in place.

The barest hint of a nude-to-pale bronze matte blush is swept lightly across the very outer top of the cheekbones and up into the temple area to meet the eye shadows, and the rest of the face is lightly dusted with translucent powder. The lips are accentuated with a satin matte lipstick in a cool cappuccino shade.

Jean Charles de Castelbajac

Jean Charles de Castelbajac

Jean Charles de Castelbajac: The smoky eye in Paris kept getting more and more deconstructed. At de Castelbajac, the metallic smoky eye was a deep black and glittering emerald green that looked so carelessly applied you could see finger smudges outward onto the models’ temples. Now, that’s perfectly fine on the runway, but out in the real world, you’re just as likely to elicit whispers about whether you either, 1) made it home last night and are wearing the outfit your went out in, or 2) are perhaps still obviously inebriated from said night out at the clubs, Either way, not a recommended career move. We heartily recommend toning this look down for all occasions but the well-planned (and perhaps well out of town) Ladies Night Out. Start with ColorOn’s Noche from the Eye Envy Smoky Variety Kit, eschewing the lightest shade for a heavy application of the blackest creamy mineral pigments, starting at the inner corner of the eyebrow and making sure you reach the entire lid and outward and up to the outer tip of the eyebrow, blending up into the eyebrow and making the fingerprints if you desire out on the temples.

Dip a relatively fine eyeliner brush into the leftover creamy black mineral pigments that still remain on the cover film, and sweep them in a line pushed into the outer 7/8ths of the lower lashes. Clean the brush, and dip it in the white cream minerals on the same cover film, tracing the very inner corner of the eyed around the tear duct. Sweep a deep shimmering jewel-toned shadow over the upper lids and into the crease, either a deep forest green as shown in the photo, or one of ColorOn’s Smooth Shimmer Mineral Pigments like Black Star Blue Shimmer (deep sapphire blue/black), Black Star Red (black and red shimmer than becomes a dark golden lilac), Black Star Gold (dark black/brown and gold), Purple Royale Shimmer (a midnight-bright purple) or Sienna Shimmer (an earthy pop of red brown). Add black mascara and brush and set the brows with gel or use ColorOn’s BrowPro to color, fill, and set them.

John Galliano

John Galliano

Add a coat of black mascara, and dust the face with translucent powder. This look doesn’t even require lip color, but at least a clear lip balm will make the lips look healthy and moisturized.

John Galliano: The smoky look at John Galliano’s show was heavily worked into the entire orbital socket, surrounding the eye on all sides. Like the smoky eyes at Costume National and de Castelbajac, start with ColorOn’s Noche from the Eye Envy Smoky Variety Kit. Blend the deepest black into the inner corners and out and down at the outer corners. Dip an eyeshadow brush into the darkest creamy shadow left on the cover film and sweep it under the lower lashes, joining it with the shadow at the inner and outer corners until you have a good density all the way around the entire eye. Add black kohl to the inner rims, and apply black mascara. Unlike the previous blackened eye looks, at Galliano the makeup artists did use a lighter pale grey/white under the brows, which were shaped and filled to match the models’ haircolor. Choose your thickness and matching color of BrowPro and apply.

A pale pink crystal gloss was applied to the lips and blotted, leaving a hint of shine and shimmer. You could also use one of the new shimmer lip balms from drugstore brands Nivea, Sally Hansen, Blistex, or Burt’s Bees.

Kanye West

Kanye West

Kayne West: American hip-hop mogul Kanye West decided to debut his women’s line in Paris, and we won’t bother to comment on the reviews of the clothes. The makeup, however, was certainly…interesting. Similar in some ways to the deconstructed look at de Castelbajac, at first glance it looked as if the models had been caught in the rain or crying, and their dark eye makeup had run. On closer inspection, you realize that the “runoff” under the eyes is actually the fingerprints of the makeup artists, and that the heavy deposits of black color on the upper lids and on the browbone are feathered to look like lashes (the same effect was used at Anthony Vacarello as well). Black kohl lining the inner rims of the eyes, multiple coats of mascara for spidery lashes, groomed and filled brows, contoured cheekbones, and baby pink lips balm finish the look. If you wanted to create a modified version of this one, grab your Noche from the Eye Envy Smoky Variety Kit, a fine eyeliner brush for dragging through the shadow on the browbone to create the feathering, an eyeshadow brush for depositing a heavy application of Noche below the lower lashes, your black kohl, the proper thickness and color BrowPro, your favorite mascara, and a sweet pink lippy, and don’t be afraid to get your fingers dirty.


Haider Ackerman

Haider Ackerman

Soft Eye/Strong Lips…

Haider Ackerman: This look is very exaggerated; in past seasons (like Spring 2012!), Haider Ackerman has done much softer, more wearable makeup. This model can perhaps be excused for her lack of brows as a natural redhead (she has invisible eyelashes as well), but other models from the show had dark hair and almost non-existent brows, so someone hasn’t received the “stop-plucking, start-filling” memo. Combine that with the no-mascara look, and we have a very surprised or angry looking (depending on her haircolor) line of models strutting down the runway. All of them received an application of winged ochre-colored eye shadow, in varying degrees of intensity, no cheek color, a liberal dusting of translucent powder for a matte finish, and either a fuchsia or brick-red matte lip.

Julien David

Julien David

Julien David: The matte lip is certainly mounting a comeback now that the technology allows for cosmetic companies to get the same appearance without drying out the lip and causing some of the unsightly problems that earlier generations of matte lipsticks caused. At Julien David, this orange-based matte red lip is gorgeous, and is balanced by the model’s own groomed black brows, a pale taupe cream shadow on the lids and brow bones, a shimmery taupe cream shadow in the inner corners of the eyes and under the lower lashes, and a coat of black mascara. If you intend to try this look, be sure your brows are groomed and filled if they are not as strong or dark as the model’s in order to balance such a vivid lip color. Of course, we recommend BrowPro for that.

Kenzo

Kenzo

Kenzo: It’s been said by more than one fashion writer that this shade of bright pink (made famous by Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli) is the new red, and it looked stunning on the runway at Kenzo. It’s entirely possible that this is even NARS “Schiap” matte lipstick, his homage to the designer. Paired with another Fall 2012 trend, geometric eyeliner, this is a look that’s fairly easy to recreate. Be sure to follow the third trend in the shot, groomed and filled brows – we can help you with that one: BrowPro.

Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci: What a beautiful makeup application at Nina Ricci! Yes, that is not what you’re supposed to hear about your makeup, but that’s what we’re “talking about” ( the blogger euphemism for one-way conversation unless y’all comment) here. It’s when a complete stranger says that to you that you need to get to a ladies room, stat, and start wiping things off. The balance between brows, eyes, and lips is exquisite. Her arches are the perfect shape and thickness for her face, and are filled and groomed without looking over- or underdone. ColorOn’s BrowPro is your all-in-one application that will color, define, shape, and hold the eyebrows in place. The eye makeup is subtle but enhancing, using cool tones of taupe and brown to play off the cool undertones of her alabaster skin and the pop of cool burgundy at the center of her matte scarlet lips. Try ColorOn’s Gypsy from the Metallics Variety Kit, applying lightly so that you don’t deposit too much of the creamy mineral shadows – you want this to be a subtle, not a smoky application. Dip a tapered shadow brush into the deeper shade of Gypsy left on the cover film and sweep it below the lower lash line. Curl your eyelashes, and apply black mascara on upper and lower lashes.  This look eschews cheek color for a light dusting of translucent setting powder. With a lip color this pronounced, apply with a lip brush after lining the lips with a matching lip liner. Blot, and reapply. Then take a burgundy or merlot lipstick and dab into the center of the lower lip with your ring finger, extending a bit to either side. Lightly press lips together.

Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf: Grey eyes and merlot lips were the striking combination at Viktor & Rolf, and even though most of the country is dealing with record-breaking temperatures this first week of Spring, one look at this makeup and you’re already thinking about the leaves turning. Just like the models at Nina Ricci, we have that perfect balance of the three elements: brows, eyes and lips.

The models’ brows at V&R were brushed up and out, filled and fixed. BrowPro in your thickness and color will do the trick. Unlike most of the other runways that featured such a deep lip, the makeup artists did not opt for taupes and beiges, instead using a lightly shimmering grey as the neutral eye shadow, with a touch of white shimmer in the inner corners. You can get the same look with ColorOn’s Platinum & Pearls from the Metallics Variety Kit. Dip a tapered shadow brush into the deeper grey shade of left on the cover film and sweep it below the lower lash line, and then use the shimmery white on the inner corners of the eye. Apply black mascara, and a bit of nude powder blush below the cheekbones as contour. Victor & Rolf showed this dark wine lip in both glossed and matte versions, with the matte uniformly a dark, cool burgundy with razor-sharp edges. The glossy version, shown here, is a bit more diffuse with a burgundy-bordering-on-black base edging inward to a truer burgundy at the center of the lip.

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent: At YSL, the balance was between shiny and matte surfaces. The slicked-back hair and saturated crimson lips were patent-leather shiny; the skin was beautifully flawless and matte. The eyebrows were strong, groomed and filled, the eye shadows a subtle winged taupe and a touch of gold shimmer in the inner corners. A flick of mascara and the barest hint of blush, and it was done.


The Soft/No Makeup Look…

Christian Dior, model #1

Christian Dior, model #1

Over at Refinery29.com, one of our favorite websites, they recently posted an article titled, “Is The No Makeup Look On The Runway A Total Cop-Out?”.  And to look at some of these close-up shots, you might start to agree. But look closely. While seeming to require little-to-no makeup, all of them take some work, and some take as much work as any of the dramatic looks above.

Christian Dior, model #2

Christian Dior, model #2

Christian Dior: We’re showing you these two models from the Dior runway to illustrate how the same eye makeup and lip colors can work on two very different skintones. The look starts with a matte beige and brown eyeshadow combination, which you can duplicate using ColorOn’s Ibiza from the Eye Envy Smoky Variety Kit.

The twist in this eye look is a pale silvery white eyeliner along the upper lash line, starting in the just below the inner corner of the eye and sweeping up and outward, ending just shy of the outer corner of the eye. You can use a pencil or liquid, or try ColorOn’s Smooth Pearl Shimmer loose mineral pigment, a pure iridescent pearly white, drawn on with a damp eyeliner brush. Dip a heavier tapered or eye shadow brush in the deepest matte brown creamy mineral shadow from the film covering your Ibiza application and sweep it under the outer two-thirds of the lower lashes.

Add mascara, and groom and fill brows with the right thickness and color of BrowPro. A salmon-pink powder blush is dusted high on the cheekbones and swept up toward the temples, and the lips are slicked with a sheer crème lipstick in the same family.

Vanessa Bruno

Vanessa Bruno

Vanessa Bruno: There’s a surprising amount of makeup on this seemingly “bare” face at Vanessa Bruno. There’s an illuminating “concealer” under the eyes (one of those that purports to diffuse circles and shadows with radiance and luminous pigments; in our experience, they don’t – and if it doesn’t work on someone this young, imagine how well it doesn’t work on those of us with well-established dark circles in our 30s, 40s, and beyond. Yes, we’re looking at you, Touche Éclat.); pale brown sugar cream shadow on the browbone and in the crease, and lilac/gray cream shadow on the lids; curled lashes with a coat of mascara on the top lashes; a delicate pink cream blush rubbed into the apples of the cheeks; a luminizer on the tops of the cheekbones, above the peaks of the brow arches, and  at the cupid’s bow of the lips; her brows are groomed and filled; and a baby pink lip balm or sheer satin lipstick. So that she looks like she’s not wearing any makeup.

Gareth Pugh

Gareth Pugh

Gareth Pugh: The model’s skin s very dewy, and we know it’s not simply the sheen of sweat from the multiple clothing changes and hot lights on the runway (there’s a twee euphemism for sweating, but our pragmatic natures block us from ever remembering what it is).

What we have here is the perfect makeup/no makeup storm: a model who is not yet of legal drinking age in most states in the U.S. (she may not even be old enough to vote), the addition of an illuminating moisturizer like MAC Strobe Cream, a flush-colored cream blush, and a just-bitten, pinky/peach gloss with not a speck of shimmer. No mascara, no eye makeup, but her brows are brushed and there is the slightest touch of a blonde brow pencil or powder to give them just a bit of color they were lacking.

Leonard

Leonard

Leonard: We concede there’s a golden/ochre eye shadow, brown mascara (and curled lashes), and clear lip gloss. To duplicate the same eye shadow color, use ColorOn’s 14 Karat from the Metallics Variety Kit.

Paul & Joe

Paul & Joe

Paul & Joe: Coco Rocha is wearing a touch of mascara (and we do mean a touch; it could be left over from the day before), a flick of blush, and slick of clear warm plum/pink lip gloss. And she may have shown up in it.

Isabel Marant: Joan Smalls was this year’s MVP; she was EVERYWHERE, and looked amazing.

Even the hair and makeup “artists” at Isabel Marant couldn’t make her look bad, and it looks like they really tried.

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant

They seem to have deliberately used products to mattify her hair so that it didn’t shine and looked dull. Apparently concealer and mascara were no-nos, but black liquid eyeliner and bronzer were on the approved list. Oh, and lip color was out. Yet even with all of that, Joan still looks gorgeous.

Chanel

Chanel

Chanel: They’re the brows you couldn’t possibly have missed in all of the press coverage; instead of making the models pretty at Chanel, they glued stones to their faces. OK, that’s perhaps an oversimplification – they glued semiprecious gemstones to strips of material and affixed them over the models’ own eyebrows. No mascara, no blush, a bit of pale pink gloss, some powder. C’est tout. Then they slicked their hair back into tight ponytails. We believe wholeheartedly that Coco Chanel would be utterly appalled.

It’s All about Color…

This part is mostly just for fun.

Akris

Akris

Akris: Although she has on a full makeup application, something about this look still feels unfinished, and we’re not quite sure why. It’s one you either love or just feel kind of “meh” about, but more of us loved it than were indifferent — but we all thought the model adorable. You can get the same pretty teal blue look with Key West from the Eye Envy Tropics Variety Kit.

Manish Arora

Manish Arora

Manish Aroroa: In spite of its wearability issues (because nothing says “breaking through the glass ceiling” like paper butterfly false eyelashes), this look is really quite pretty. It was also shown with a matte blue-based crimson lip.

Miu Miu: Well, we like this better than Miuccia Prada’s makeup in Milan for the Prada shows. And no, the irony is not lost on us.

Miu Miu

Miu Miu

Yang Du: Over the last five weeks of coverage (we had to squeeze the Oscars in there) of 2012 Fall Fashion Weeks, we’ve show some pretty crazy stuff. Every locale – New York, London, Milan, and now Paris – has had  a show or three where the makeup was flat-out crazy. Welcome to the club, Yang Du.

Yang Du

Yang Du

All of the colors mentioned in the blog, as well as BrowPro, 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 Sandra Bempong of Upper Marlboro, Maryland. 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 our Fashion Week wrap ups. We’ll have to go back to scoping out celebrities! And then we’ll have the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 1st to check out.

Have a simply gorgeous week…

Mondo Milano, BrowPro, Winners Circle

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Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Now, it’s possible you could have been too busy, or out of town, or away from a computer, smartphone, iPad, or tablet — or you may have been under a rock – and missed Monday’s launch of BrowPro. If so, you’ll have to wait, because we’re going to continue our 2012 Fall Fashion Week “Greatest Hits” series with Milan Fashion Week – or part 3 of 4 if you’re counting.

Once again, we see major similarities – when it comes to makeup and hair – on the runway, even if the clothes in Milan were strikingly different from those shown in New York and London. There were lots of up-dos, both the artfully undone and the slickly severe; ponytails; braids; the half up-do; center-parted and straight; and sensuously long and textured. The makeup ran the gamut as well, but certain trends will out: bold brows, bold lips paired with minimal eye makeup, smoky eyes paired with delicate lip colors or no lip color at all, graphic eyeliner, bright pops of color, and the occasional makeup artist still clinging to the bleached brow, which is starting to look very dated, especially when paired with heavy eye makeup, like that at Prada. The models Miuccia Prada sent down her runway looked like aliens!

Let’s start with the looks we loved, then we can point and laugh at some of the looks we have to assume were designed just to get attention, like the bratty kid who doesn’t distinguish between praise and scolding, as long as someone is looking at her.

Blumarine

Blumarine

Blumarine: If you were going to create a look that had to say “sexy and Italian,” wouldn’t this be it? A modern version of the Italian actresses of the Sixties (think Sophia Loren, Monica Vitti, Claudia Cardinale, Virna Lisi), this look is all heavy black eyeliner over a velvet-brown smoky eye, dark arched brows, sculpted bronze cheekbones, and lush nude lips. Create the same look with ColorOn’s Gypsy from the Eye Envy Precious Metals Variety Kit, then layer on your favorite black eyeliner in liquid, pencil, or powder. We love our own Smooth Black Shimmer loose mineral pigment for its dimensional look and non-irritating ingredients. Lots of black mascara, a matte bronzer swirled onto cheekbones (if they’re prominent) or just below them (to create prominence), and a satiny pinkish nude lipstick, and you’re ready for “la dolce vita.”

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana: Luckily, this isn’t about the accessories! So, ignore the rococo hairpiece and earrings, and focus on the beautiful metallic pastels. What’s amazing is how well the same colors work on models with two very different skin tones! To get the same effect, start with ColorOn’s El from the Eye Envy Smoky Variety Kit, a gradient soft pink and chocolate brown that combine to create a smoky mauve. Then, layer on Smooth Arctic Silver Shimmer, a silvery white platinum shimmer pigment, across the lid, into the crease, and the inner corners of the eye. Curl your lashes, and add black mascara. The brows are very strong with this look, so make sure yours are well-groomed and filled (we think you know what our recommendation will be!). A delicate mauve blush is swirled onto the apples of the cheeks and out toward the temples, and a sheer mauve gloss that lets the lips’ texture show through completes the look.

Etro

Etro

Etro: Here we have the amazingly lovely Joan Smalls again, this time for Etro. The velvet-brown smoky eye, matte bronze cheek and nude lip are virtually the same as those at Blumarine, and you would use all of the same color recommendations. Again, note the attention paid to grooming and filling in the brows, even on someone who already has black eyebrows. Are you sensing a trend, as well as where we’re going with this?

Gianfranco Ferre

Gianfranco Ferre

Gianfranco Ferre: This is the smoky eye squared! And it’s not just smoky; it’s metallic, it’s a deep sapphire blue, it’s more than a bit unkempt, and it extends almost to the temples. To achieve the same look, use ColorOn’s Smooth Black Star Blue Shimmer loose mineral pigment, a steely midnight blue shimmer. Apply it from the inner corners of the eye upward to the lower inside corner of the brow at an almost 90-degree angle, then sweep it straight out and a bit down to meet the tip of the outer tail of your brow, leaving a gap of bare skin below your brow’s arch. Extend the shadow as far out on the temple as you feel comfortable with – as shown, this look is not for a day at the office, unless your office is a nightclub. Fill in the lid and sweep the color below the lower lash line as heavily as is appropriate. You’ll notice that the makeup artists did not clean up all of the little speckles of shimmer that fell below the eye, nor did they clean up any dots of mascara that occurred when applying it – within reason. There is a definite perimeter to the eye makeup, no matter how “next day” it may look. The brows are groomed and lightly filled, just the barest hint of nude blush near the temples, and a “you lips but better” balm are added to create a finished look that doesn’t fight with this major eye.

Gucci

Gucci

Gucci (with a caveat): This look is missing two things we really love – eye makeup, which we can live with because we adore the deep burgundy lip, and eyebrows, which we can’t live with, because something is needed to balance out that lip. We totally agree with the theory that says heavy eye makeup AND major lips just look too…done. It lacks balance. But this model’s coloring is so pale that her lack of brows and minimalist eye makeup are overwhelmed by the lovely shiny patent-leather lips. Just a little bit of brow love would turned this one around into simply gorgeous.

Moschino Cheap & Chic

Moschino Cheap & Chic

Moschino Cheap & Chic: Notice anything? Talk about a statement lip. It’s not a color just anyone can pull off, but it looks amazing with her skin tone. Do we love it with a canary yellow blouse? Meh. But back to the makeup – just a hint of grey shadow, black kohl on the inner rims of the eyes, and no mascara work well, but we think she needed a bit of fill on the brows, again to balance out such a major lip color and to frame the eyes. Once you get used to the strong brows, their absence really stands out!

Normaluisa

Normaluisa

Normaluisa: Another statement mouth, but this time we have some brows! The eye makeup is just a touch of brown mascara and a dusting of translucent powder on the lids, but her brows are groomed and lightly filled, albeit thinner than many of the other looks we’ve seen. Still, the effort pays off to add the right amount of “weight” to balance out the shiny coral-red lips. Even though her coloring is also very pale, compare her to the model at Gucci, and she looks delicately beautiful instead of just slightly consumptive.

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli: There are about five different colors to this eye look, but Roberto Cavalli didn’t build his reputation on subtlety. By starting with ColorOn, you already have multiple colors on a single applicator, so recreating this look isn’t as complex as you might think. Apply Noche from the Eye Envy Smoky Variety Kit, a gradient black, grey, and white. Use the extra creamy mineral shadow that is left on the cover film to line heavily below the lower lashes. Next, use our Smooth Purple Royale Shimmer loose mineral pigment to dust a pop of bright purple in a crescent from the inner corner of the eye upward below the brow to just above the pupil. Then, use our Smooth Monarch Gold Shimmer, a bright yellow-gold shimmer that looks like 14-karat dust, to trace the inner corners of the eyes top and bottom. Add plenty of mascara, and groom and fill the brows. The makeup artists at Cavalli eschewed cheek color altogether, opting to draw a fine line of the same gold along the cupid’s-bow of the upper lip and filling the lips with a cool nude satin lipstick.

Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo: Angelina Jolie’s go-to label is all about subtle elegance. The smoky doeskin eye makeup, groomed brows, sculpted cheeks, and nude lips are trademark Angelina looks, in fact. You can easily recreate this runway look by using ColorOn’s Ibiza from the Eye Envy Smoky Variety Kit, a subtle yet sophisticated smoky nude comprised of gradient beige and brown. Mascara was used on the upper lashes only, with special concentration on the outer third. Brows are groomed and filled in, and the cheeks contoured in the hollow below the cheekbone in a matte nude with peach undertones. The lips have a just-bitten color to them achieved through using a pink/nude lip liner to color in the entire lip, then topping it with lip balm instead of a gloss.

Now, for the looks that drew laughs…

Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta (with a caveat): We don’t hate this look; in fact, we debated on where to put it. It landed here because there was more in the minus column than the plus. We like the graphic eye shadow; we just think it isn’t really a wearable look for most people. We think she desperately needed mascara to balance out such a strong amount of eye shadow. We think her lightened brows are out of step, but they have a great shape and thickness. We like the almost-black matte berry lips, but we know that virtually no one can wear this look successfully, nor would they. It’s a runway look that requires a lot of softening and modification before it translates into the real world.

Byblos

Byblos

Byblos: This one got full-on snorting giggles and eye-rolling – and that was from the guys. Ok, not really – but it was the first time they recognized an influence, and started calling this look “the Tebow.” Even if we were to completely ignore the fact that the eye makeup is in the wrong place (it DOES eliminate the need for concealer), she has no other makeup on, and her forehead is shiny, her brows are sparse, her lashes non-existent. She’s a gorgeous girl, and they’ve gone out of their way to make her look unattractive. That doesn’t help sell the drama – or the clothes.

Fendi

Fendi

Fendi: Italian milkmaid? We have no idea what they were thinking at Fendi when they came up with this stinker of a look. Last season, it was gold and silver leaf on the eyes. Now, it’s a square of white pigment that covers part of the eyebrow, black eyelids, spider lashes, and Heidi braids. We can’t believe we’re actually going to admit this, but we preferred the Spring 2012 crazy foil eyes.

Prada

Prada

Prada: We tried to appreciate this look for the artistry involved, but we kept coming back to the fact that it’s, well…ugly. You may disagree, and we’d love to hear from everyone who thinks it is fabulous and will be wearing it. As a company founded by the makeup artist who invented and patented the ColorOn technology, we always appreciate the time and talent that go into avante garde looks like this. But if you had the opportunity to look at any of the pictures or video from this show, and saw model after model with this makeup on, you have to agree that they looked eerie and not terribly attractive. It’s almost insectile.

Versace

Versace

Versace: This look has some good points, but like Bottega Veneta, they were overcome by the not-so-good. The highly graphic eye liner is very on-trend, as is the sharp-edged block of color on the lids and brow bone. The black is too saturated for daywear, but that could be overlooked. It’s the brows! Why would they take such lovely, perfectly arched and shaped brows, and bleach them? Against such strong eye makeup, they’re lost. Top them with bangs that look like they were cut by a five-year-old with her blunt scissors, and we’re done. This look had promise, and they blew it.

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.

Next up, BrowPro.

BrowPro Thin Brows in Light

BrowPro Thin Brows in Light

Now you can create runway ready brows in moments with ColorOn’s latest launch, Instant Eyebrow Applicators.  Instead of multiple products or expensive all-in-one brow kits containing gel, pencils, powders, wax, and brow-shaping stencils, all you need is ColorOn’s all-in-one-application BrowPro. BrowPro colors, defines, shapes, and holds the eyebrows in place.  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)
BrowPro Medium Brows in Brown

BrowPro Medium Brows in Brown

In three popular shapes:

  • Thin
  • Medium
  • Full
BrowPro Dark Brows in Full

BrowPro Dark Brows in Full

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 at coloronpro.com. 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!

And now, the Winner’s Circle. The lucky eVIP to win this week’s random drawing for a free 10-application Custom Kit is Shonna Luten of Marietta, Georgia. 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.

In our next post, we’ll finish up with Paris. Have a lovely week!

New Product Launch! Get Runway Ready Brows with ColorOn’s BrowPro

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From New York to Paris, the runways were rampant with brows like this...

From New York to Paris, the runways were rampant with brows like this...

From the red carpet to the runway, we’ve chronicled the return of the major eyebrow. We love it, you love it, celebrities love it. But all those seasons of plucking, waxing, threading, bleaching, and generally treating our brows like unwanted guests have taken a toll. Sometimes the brow hair doesn’t grow back, and even when it does, sometimes it is sparser or uneven. Then there are those of us who don’t have naturally dark or full brows, or whose brows have lightened with age (okay, they’re turning grey). We have a drawer full of products we’ve been using to create some brow drama.

Hollywood's Most Coveted Brows: Angelina Jolie

Hollywood's Most Coveted Brows: Angelina Jolie

What’s a girl to do? Now you can create runway ready brows in moments with ColorOn’s latest launch, Instant Eyebrow Applicators.  Instead of multiple products or expensive all-in-one brow kits containing gel, pencils, powders, wax, and brow-shaping stencils, all you need is ColorOn’s all-in-one-application BrowPro. BrowPro colors, defines, shapes, and holds the eyebrows in place.  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
BrowPro Dark Brows in Full

BrowPro Dark Brows in Full

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 at coloronpro.com. 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!

SUGGESTED USAGE:

BrowPro Medium Brows in Brown

BrowPro Medium Brows in Brown

Hold the clean spooly brush at an angle and comb brows out toward the temples. Separate the clear cover film from the white Instant Applicator pad. You are going to use the BrowPro on the clear film for the one eyebrow, and the BrowPro on the Instant Applicator pad for the second eyebrow. Line up the brow imprint on the clear cover film, placing it to your own eyebrow and hold, using the same technique as ColorOn Instant Eye Shadow Applicators, press and very gently rub.

BrowPro Thin Brows in Light

BrowPro Thin Brows in Light

Remove the clear film and use the spooly brush to comb the color through the brow to complete the look. Using the enclosed Get Set! Setting Powder will make the brows smudge-proof. However, the setting powder will lighten the application a bit so keep that in mind just as you do when applying ColorOn Instant Eye Shadow. Now, do your second eyebrow with the white Instant Applicator pad and complete the same way as the first brow.  Examine arches and, if necessary, tweeze any stray hairs above, below, or between the eyebrows.

Jeweled brows at Chanel: Let's hope this doesn't catch on!

Jeweled brows at Chanel: Let's hope this doesn't catch on!

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.

We think you’ll love BrowPro just as much as you love ColorOn. We’ll be back on Friday with our wrap up of Milan Fashion Week!