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Beyonce receives one of her awards at the 2012 BET Awards

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

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

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

Beyonce looking beautiful at the BET Awards

Beyonce looking beautiful at the BET Awards

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

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

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

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

Kim Kardashian in a seemingly demure white Tom Ford frock

Kim Kardashian in a seemingly demure white Tom Ford frock

Kim's less demure view

Kim’s less demure view

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

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

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

The makeup is vintage Kim: lashes by the yard…

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

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

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

Lala Vazquez-Anthony and her shiny happy jumpsuit

Lala Vazquez-Anthony and her shiny happy jumpsuit

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

Lala Vazquez-Anthony: the alternate angle

Lala: the alternate angle

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

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

Lala looking totally luscious

Lala looking totally luscious

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

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

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

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

Kerry Washington’s 2012 look drew mixed reviews…

Kerry Washington's 2011 look was just smashing!

Kerry’s 2011 look was just smashing!

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

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

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

Kerry's makeup was simply gorgeous, though

Kerry’s makeup was totally gorgeous, though

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

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

Honorable Mentions must go to:

Monica on the BET Awards red carpet

Monica on the BET Awards red carpet

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

Chaka Khan owns the 2012 BET Awards red carpet

Chaka Khan owns the 2012 BET Awards red carpet

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

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

Kyla Pratt on the BET Awards red carpet

Kyla Pratt on the BET Awards red carpet

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

Taraji P. Henson on the BET Awards red carpet

Taraji P. Henson on the BET Awards red carpet

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

Michelle Williams on the BET Awards red carpet

Michelle Williams on the BET Awards red carpet

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

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

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

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!

Fashionably Late: The Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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NARS Schiap Lipstick, named after fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli

NARS Schiap Lipstick, named after fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli

If you’re like us, first thing last Tuesday morning you were minutely examining the pictures of the celebs and models who graced the Red Carpet at the annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, themed “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations,” which celebrated an imaginary tête-à-tête between the two iconoclastic designers.

Surprisingly, there were very few attendees sporting what we expected to see: Nars “Schiap” lipstick, a semi-matte shocking pink – the closest were models Karlie Kloss and Poppy Delevingne, and actresses Rashida Jones and Amy Poehler (both of “Parks & Recreation”).

Camilla Belle, Getty

Camilla Belle, Getty

Instead, the stand-out trend was a vampy lip, whether a shiny burgundy brown (Camilla Belle, whose makeup was possibly the most subtle and gorgeous of the night) or matte maroon, scarlet, or plum  (Lana Del Ray, Jessica Alba, Kate Bosworth, Rachel Zoe,  Jessica Chastain, Leighton Meester, Amber Valletta, Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, and Brooklyn Decker).

Jessica Alba, Getty

Jessica Alba, Getty

There were other statement lips – orange/coral (January Jones, Scarlett Johansson, Doutzen Kroes, Beyonce, Katharine McPhee), classic red (matte on Amy Adams, Dree Hemingway, Leslie Bibb, Amber Heard, Carolyn Murphy, Janelle Monáe, and Alicia Keys; sheer on Emma Stone and Florence Welch) and sweeter not-quite-Schiap pink on Coco Rocha (to match her pink extensions), Chloe Sevigny (who not only looked pretty but was SMILING), Christina Ricci, Julianne Hough, Hilary Swank, and a too-pale pink on M.I.A. (the Schiap pink would have been so much better).

Amber Heard, Getty

Amber Heard, Getty

The rest? The usual version of the neutral pinkish-brownish nude, whether a gloss, satin, or matte, with shimmer or without, or the just-bitten stain that’s somewhere between rose and brick, depending on the skin tone. They’re all the Red Carpet equivalent of the Louboutin Pigalle Pump – sexy, perfect, utilitarian. And since it goes with everything — heavy metal eyes, smoky eyes, neutral eyes, sparkly eyes, brights or pastels — some version of the neutral lip is always the perfect accompaniment.

Yes, we acknowlege the spring editorial layouts are showing color-blocked makeup (not the runway pictures from Fall 2012, mind you), but do you see anyone actually WEARING it? Nope. We’re reminded of the latest ad for L’Oreal’s Infallible 24-Hour Eye Shadow, featuring Claudia Schiffer.

Chloe Sevigny, Getty

Chloe Sevigny, Getty

Total aside: Does she look totally AMAZING in the new Guess ads? Can you believe this is three babies and over 20 years since that first campaign with her? Fashionista.com has the old ads and new side-by-side, and you cannot tell which are from the early Nineties, and which are from 2012. She’s 41, people. Feh.

Moving on.

Claudia is wearing a very shiny purple eyeshadow and bright red lipstick. You can tell us all day long that this is on-trend, but we’re not going to do it. We lived through the Eighties and have the pictures of our hideous makeup to prove it. We will not go there again, no matter how often we’re told it’s back in. Nuh uh, no way.  And after looking at over 200 pictures from the Red Carpet, we don’t see anyone else signing on for it, either. And this is the crowd most likely.

January Jones/Getty Images

January Jones, Getty Images

So without further ado, here are our fav eye looks of the night…

January Jones: Did anyone else think January’s Versace gown reminded them of Uma Thurman’s yellow-and-black motorcycle leathers from “Kill Bill” or do we see way too many Tarantino movies?

To get the same golden metallic eye makeup, start with colorOn’s 14-Karat from the Metallics Variety Kit. Take an eyeliner brush, dip it in the extra mineral cream shadow left on the cover film, line under the lower lash line and dab into the inner corners as well. If you’re comfortable with false eyelashes, use a demi-strip on the outer half of each eye and black mascara. If false lashes give you nightmares (we once had one land in a martini; first and last time we applied them. No lie.), then grab either Smooth Black Star Gold Shimmer loose mineral pigment (we think this dark black/brown and gold shimmer is prettier) or Smooth Black Shimmer (if you’re going to be a total purist about your liner being black), and line your upper lid starting just above the pupil in the classic swooping motion, with a flick up at the tail, and be sure to use an extra coat or two of black mascara on the outer third of the upper lashes, making sure you let the lashes dry between coats. You’ll get the same dense, heavy lidded look.

Amy Poehler/Getty Images

Amy Poehler, Getty Images

January wears a heavy brow for a blonde, but they are nicely groomed (she wore them a bit more groomed and filled at the Oscars; she’d be a BrowPro Full Light). January’s matte orange lippy is Chanel’s Rouge Allure Lipstick in Enjouee, which is not available until September.

Amy Poehler: Aside from having one very hot accessory (i.e. husband Will Arnett) and an even hotter gown (strapless black leather by Fotini), Amy had on some of the night’s coolest makeup. First, we love that she’s so funny. She photobombed this event so brilliantly we’re still laughing. Second, she has the face and body of a real person (who just had a baby not that long ago, BTW), so she isn’t six feet tall with cut-glass cheekbones and puffed-up lips (yes, we’re looking at you, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley).

Yet she looked smoldering with her shimmery russet shadow and heavy rimmed-in-black eyeliner, sexy bedhead bob, and hot pink lipstick. You can get the same look using colorOn’s Sunset Beach, a wash of gradient beige and coral from the Bestsellers Variety Kit,  as your base, then topping it with Smooth Black Star Red Shimmer, a black and red shimmer than becomes a dark golden lilac/burgundy depending on what colorOn look you pair it with. Bring the Smooth Black Star Red Shimmer below the lower lashes as well at the outer corners, then get working with the black kohl and blackest mascara. If you’re as fair as Amy, be sure to groom and fill your brows – Amy would be a BrowPro Medium Light.

Ginnifer Goodwin, Getty Images

Ginnifer Goodwin, Getty Images

With a lip color this bright and intense, line the lips with a pencil in the same color, apply your lipstick, blot it, then reapply it. Be prepared to slip off periodically to touch it up, and definitely consider Nars Schiap – the semi-matte finish leaves a great stain and doesn’t require frequent reapplication or leave big pink smears on your champagne flute.

Ginnifer Goodwin: Once again, Ginnifer’s makeup is just fantastic – remember her ethereal, mermaid/seafoam Oscar makeup? This time, to complement her tangerine Monique Lhuilllier gown, her makeup artist chose mixed metals of gold and bronze. To recreate her look, start with colorOn’s Bronze Goddess from the Eye Envy Precious Metals Kit. Using a couple of eyeliner brushes, take the first and use the extra gold creamy shadow from the cover film to add a wash at the inner corners and a bit of the inner upper lid of the eyes. Take your second eyeliner brush and use the extra bronze cream to line under the lower lashes. Then, depending on your preference, you can add thin line of black liquid liner along upper lash line, or use Smooth Black Shimmer for a liner with more depth. As always, Ginnifer’s full, arched dark brows are perfectly groomed. Apply multiple coats of black mascara to the upper lashes only. The rest of Ginnfier’s porcelain face seems almost bare – just a swirl of a very pale nude matte bronzer, and a clear nude gloss.

Emily Blunt, Getty Images

Emily Blunt, Getty Images

Emily Blunt: Her Calvin Klein gown was a masterpiece of understatement in the front, showing all of her assets from behind, and the peony color was absolutely gorgeous on her. With her warm chestnut brown lob and metallic makeup, Emily’s blue eye just popped. To get the same look, start with colorOn’s  Gypsy from the Eye Envy Precious Metals Kit. On top of that, apply Smooth Black Star Gold Shimmer loose mineral pigment as a liner to the upper and lower lids along the lash line, and then add black kohl on the inner rims.

Emily’s dark winged brows are perfectly groomed and lightly filled (she’s a BrowPro Medium Dark). Her blush is a subtle match to her gown, as is her pink/nude lipstick, which is Chanel in Peregrina.

Most Improved: Cameron Diaz. Wow. Compared to how she looked at the Oscars (which we just showed you in Celebrity Brows Part 1: Thin Is In), this is quite the transformation. And the Stella McCartney gown is divine; short the wife-beater and Underoos she wore in her booty dance in the first “Charlie’s Angels” movie, nothing has ever flattered Cameron’s shape so well.

Cameron Diaz, Getty Images

Cameron Diaz, Getty Images

No more fried looking platinum hair. No more unflattering pastel makeup and harsh black eyeliner. Whatever everyone was speculating she’d had done to her face back in February, it seems to have settled in, and she looks fantastic. Her makeup is perfect, understated, the colors soft, and she just glows. Even her eyebrows are improved!

And we’re admitting this sooo grudgingly after she went on television whinging about how she just cried and cried about her haircut, and yelled and screamed at the stylist and made HER cry, and then other people in the room started to cry. Actress Sara Gilbert put it rather succinctly on CBS’ “The Talk”: “…I’M crying because I’m not Cameron Diaz. It’s just funny to me that all these people are crying, like they’re having a wake over three inches of Cameron Diaz’s hair. Really?

We’ve all cried over a bad haircut, but would you admit this to anyone but your besties during a major bonding session involving multiple cocktails/bottles of wine, or at least prior confessions of an equally embarrassing and shallow nature from a minimum of two others before spilling your guts? Let alone that you reduced the person who made the mistake to tears by yelling and screaming at her? Now, imagine telling this highly unflattering story about yourself on national television, and not in a self-deprecating, “Can you believe what a Hollywood cliché I am?” way. When you already have a reputation for being kind of…high-maintenance (we are trying very hard to keep this thing PG-13, and it’s HARD, people. We have first-hand, in-person knowledge of exactly how difficult Ms. Diaz can be and how she treats “the little people.”) So. She really looks better. And she’s been bragging about it. Almost makes us want to take the compliment back.

Sarah Jessica Parker, Getty Images

Sarah Jessica Parker, Getty Images

The WTF? Award goes to Sarah Jessica Parker. She looked…hideous. You are welcome to disagree, but it starts at the top and just rolls downward (unless she had fabulous shoes hiding under that monstrosity of a dress). Her hair looks flat and greasy at the crown and dry at the bottom; this woman with fabulously and famously naturally curly hair that looks like, well, crap.

Her makeup? High Granny – mint green and ice blue metallic eye shadows, clumpy spider lashes, too-pale shiny pink lipstick. So it’s all Chanel; like that makes it less unattractive?? The colors may be fine on someone else; they’re just very NOT FINE on her.

The Valentino dress looked like the faded cabbage rose chintz from our Nana’s parlor drapes, and the high neck, long sleeves, and bow at the waist would have looked better on the Queen Mother than the former Carrie Bradshaw.

The outfit’s high point? Cool bracelets.

Anna Wintour, Getty Images

Anna Wintour, Getty Images

SJP looked older than Anna Wintour, who rocked a Prada dress with a big gold lobster on it. And a fur caplet. Now, THAT’S what SJP should have worn.

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.

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 Kawatski of West Allis, Wisconsin. 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.

We’ll be back with more makeup and snark soon! As always, heavier on the makeup…

Celebrity Brows, Part 2: Medium Done Well…

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Ginnifer Goodwin

Ginnifer Goodwin

You liked it, you really liked it! No, we’re not channeling Sally Field’s Oscar speech; we’re talking about last week’s blog post, Part 1 of our series on Celebrity Brows, although we do have an Oscar tie-in, as we explained in the intro to Part 1: Thin Is In.  And that is because – in case you missed it – we have these great ECUs (that’s extreme close-ups in film parlance) of celebs in our image files left over from the Academy Awards, and why not put them to good use? We only used a portion of them to talk about the eye makeup, and what with the proximity of eyebrow to eye makeup, why let them languish?

So, while the “Thin” installment was dominated by blondes, our “Medium Well Done” installment is nicely representative – we have blondes, redheads, and brunettes. Once again, credit must go to the hard-working makeup artists who did an amazing job of making the most of these admittedly already amazing faces.

The Blondes:

Stacy Keibler

Stacy Keibler

George Clooney’s latest escort, Stacy Keibler, was golden from head to toe, from her perfect highlights to her eye makeup to her Marchessa gown to her sandals. The athletic brown-eyed blonde sported – by far – the best brows on our trio of light-haired ladies. They’re perfectly proportioned, nicely arched, and well-filled. They’re darker than most of her blonde counterparts (our theory: eyes this dark brown don’t come with naturally blonde hair); were she using our BrowPro product, she’d be a Medium Brown.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow, who won universal praise for her Tom Ford gown-and-cape combo, really missed the boat, brow-wise. Her makeup artist spent a lot of time creating a tawny, sun-kissed look for her, but Gwyneth’s naturally blonde brows virtually disappear, in spite of being fairly substantial. When you add her eye makeup to the equation, with its shimmering golden and bronze tones, black eyeliner not only along the upper lash line but also on the inner rims, and black mascara, she really needed her brows filled with some color to give them depth and get them a shade or two darker than her hair. She would have looked fabulous in our BrowPro in Medium Light.

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks, like Stacy Keibler, also opted for a deeper brow color than many of the blondes we’ve highlighted so far. Whether they’re false lashes or extensions, Elizabeth went for broke with MAJOR eyelashes and a beautiful seafoam shimmer eyeshadow, and her brows needed this amount of color for the right balance. Although not as dark or precisely shaped and groomed as Stacy’s, Elizabeth’s have a more organic and natural shape, and are nicely filled. Were her makeup artist using BrowPro, she would have used Medium Light on Elizabeth.

The Redheads:

Emma Stone

Emma Stone

Emma Stone, who is already a blonde again (so disappointing!), simply has fantastic brows. The proportion, the arch, and the grooming are impeccable. Not everyone loved her Oscars updo (too old) or her dress (too reminiscent of a previous Nicole Kidman gown), but no one cannot fault her makeup or perfect skin. Were she using BrowPro, she’d be a Medium Brown.

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

Emma’s “The Help” co-star, Jessica Chastain, who got high marks for her Alexander McQueen gown, half-updo, and bronzed makeup that picked up all of the intricate embroidery on the gown’s bodice, didn’t score so well on brows. Her makeup artist made an attempt to fill her very pale brows in a bit, but like we pointed out last week when “reviewing” Cameron Diaz and Kate Hudson, Jessica’s eyebrows seem to grow downward. They also don’t possess an arch, and the attempt to create one was a fail. She may have had better-looking brows when her makeup was first applied, but her MUA should have sealed the look in place. Had her makeup artist used BrowPro in Medium Light, just one product would have colored, defined, shaped, and held the eyebrows in place all evening.

Kate Mara

Kate Mara

Is it fair that we love Rooney Mara so much for her role as Lizbeth Salander in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and don’t love Kate Mara because of her role as Hayden McClaine in “American Horror Story”? No, but there you have it. We’ll set that aside, however, to talk about Kate’s eyebrows, because like Rooney, she has good ones. In fact, Kate’s Oscars makeup was quite pretty and delicate, like her vintage-feeling lavender gown, and complemented her dark eyes and auburn hair. Her brows were spot-on, dark without being overpowering or too much of a contrast with her haircolor. Because she’s obviously a natural brunette, her brows darkness and density only require grooming, and perhaps fixing.

The Brunettes:

Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich

Action-movie hero Milla Jovovich certainly cleans up well, no? The former model was another Oscar attendee who made every “Best-Dressed” list for her very “Old Hollywood” look that night and her bold matte red lipstick in a sea of pinkish-nude pouts. Her bold golden eye shadow, black liquid liner, and heavily fringed lashes are balanced by nicely proportioned and arched brows that have been groomed and filled. She’d be a BrowPro Medium Dark.

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana

The similarities between Zoe Saldana’s and Milla Jovovich’s Oscar makeup are fairly pronounced when seen side by side – something we never noticed until we started this series! Golden eyeshadow? Check. Red lipstick? Check, although the tones and finishes are very different. Zoe chose a blue-based red in a sheerer formula with a satin finish. Black liquid liner? Check again, but Zoe went with the full-on extended Cleopatra eye, making the most of her exotic looks. Her makeup artist filled in Zoe’s groomed brows, which from this picture appear to be dark but naturally a bit sparse. She’s definitely a BrowPro Medium Dark.

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock

We’re always impressed by Sandra Bullock’s amazing bone structure – those cheekbones! That jawline! The dimpled chin! Plus, she just seems like the most likable, unaffected celebrity for all her beauty and fame. She took a lot of flak for her Marchessa gown and high ponytail (neither offended us, although neither excited us, either), but let’s give her all she’s due for being at the Oscars AT ALL after what happened just two years earlier when she tearfully thanked her husband in her acceptance speech for “The Blind Side.” Can’t be a very happy place for her to go.

And HOW we digress.

The single mom’s makeup is impeccable, as are her brows. They don’t really arch; instead, her brows can be characterized as “winged” meaning they don’t come back down from the apex. Like her hair, her brows are very dark brown and only require grooming and fixing, with perhaps a touch of pencil to fill a sparse spot or two.

Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale is a hazel-eyed brunette whose brows are not terribly dark, and tend to grow down and unevenly. Her makeup artist spent plenty of time perfecting her skin, creating a shimmery eye makeup look, applying false lashes (unless those are extensions), but dropped the ball on the brows. Kate’s left brow starts much closer to the bridge of her nose than the right, the individual brows hairs around the arch of the left brow are much longer, and instead of filling the brows in evenly and brushing them upward, then fixing them in place, she left them to their own devices. Consequently, Kate’s brows are literally hanging down and exposing where the pencil or powder was applied at the top of the arch. Had her makeup artist used BrowPro in Medium Dark, just one product would have colored, defined, shaped, and held the eyebrows in place all evening.

Ginnifer Goodwin’s Academy Award makeup (seen at the top) was, hands-down, some of the most gorgeous of the evening. Not as dramatic and sexy as Angelina Jolie or Milla Jovovich, or smoky and exotic as Penelope Cruz or Victoria Beckham, or metallic as Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Chastain, or Kate Hudson, Ginnifer’s was in class all by itself.

Like Michelle Williams, Ginnifer has made the pixie haircut modern and au courant, and has tempted many die-hard long-haired ladies to differentiate themselves from the masses. Her shimmering teal, seafoam, aqua, and citrine shadows blend seamlessly into a soft and feminine wash, and pair beautifully with a pale seashell pink satin lipstick. Her dark brown brows need to make a strong statement, and are expertly shaped, groomed, and filled. If her makeup artist used our BrowPro product, Ginnifer would be a Medium Dark.

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

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 Nicolle Vasquez of Pico Rivera, California. 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.

Next week, we’ll be back with the last of this series, Celebrity Brows, Part 3: Fully Loaded. Have a fabulous week!

Celebrity Brows, Part 1: Thin Is In…

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Malin Ackerman

Malin Ackerman, pretty in hot pink...

We were going through our image files the other day, and realized we had a slew of super-tight close-ups of celebrities’ faces, mostly from the Academy Awards. They were fantastic for analyzing our favorite eye makeup looks, but as we were about to archive them, we realized what we also had was a load of super tight shots of celebrity eyebrows.

Since the predominant hairstyle at the Oscars is the up-do (boring, boring, boring), those photos afforded us a fairly unobscured view of everyone’s brows – and because the images are so tight, you can really see how well groomed, plucked, penciled, gelled, brushed, waxed  – or not – they are.

So, it’s all brows. And since we have a bunch, we thought we’d divide them up by “weight class.” This week, we’ll be talking “thin” (or flyweight? Lightweight?)

Yes, full brows are all the rage, but some faces aren’t necessarily made for a heavy brow, some people aren’t able to grow a full brow, and some simply don’t like them.

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson

No one here has veered into Pamela Anderson territory (a quick Google search will show you that these aren’t even her thinnest brows; we have to also admit a certain amount of guilt for this image. We were actually tempted to use an older photo of her, but this one is 3 years old, and anything more recent is without makeup and even more unflattering).

But you will note the predominance of blondes, which makes sense. When we get to Part 3: Full Brows, the post will be dominated by brunettes.

Everyone (or rather, everyone’s makeup artist) has done a wonderful job of making the most of their fine brows, whether they’re that way by design or nature.

Berenice Bejo

Berenice Bejo

The first brunette – who became a redhead for the Academy Awards and may well be a brunette once again – is Berenice Bejo from Best Picture Winner, “The Artist.” Were she to use our BrowPro product, she’d be a Thin Brown, which has a bit of warm pigment that would work well with her haircolor. Her brows have a beautiful proportion and arch, and just needed to be filled and set.

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz, who came to the Oscars with her new platinum bob, could have used a bit more work in the brow department. They’ve been very lightly penciled in from the inner corner to the arch but then just sort of fade out. Her brows seem to naturally grow down and do not extend much beyond the arch, and with such black eyeliner and mascara, she needed a stronger, longer brow. Had her makeup artist used BrowPro in Thin Light after brushing her brows up and out with a clean spooley, it would have filled, extended, set, and fixed her brows in one step. 

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson’s makeup artist definitely spent time filling and grooming her brows, but her brows are similar to Cameron Diaz’s – they start late and end too soon, and seem to grow a bit downward as well. Kate’s MUA made more effort to combat this, and her brows are definitely a prominent part of her whole look (her eye makeup is truly gorgeous); the color used to fill in her brows is the equivalent of BrowPro in Thin Light. Wouldn’t Cameron have looked better with Kate’s brows? 

Malin Ackerman’s Academy Award makeup was a very ahead-of-the-curve monochromatic hot pink, which is awful to type but beautiful to see. Of course, bright hot pink is EVERYWHERE right now (including the lips of this writer, for the first time in her life), but most of us were not thinking that way in February, now were we? Pink eye makeup is always a bit tricky; do it wrong, and it just looks like an infection (hence the name “pinkeye.” Blech.)

Well, yes, moving on.

Malin’s makeup was pitch (and tonally) perfect, and her brows darkened quite a bit. She is wearing the equivalent of BrowPro in Thin Brown. Whether that’s her preference or her MUA felt it balanced better with her super-lush carbon-black lashes, the whole thing works. It was this makeup look that really inspired a trip to a certain mall retailer-that-shall-not-be-named for an hour of mindless trying on and wiping off of fuchsia lippies.

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams has been a constant source of impressive beauty and fashion statements since the day she walked out of the salon with the pixie. She went from “Heath Leger’s ex” to “fashion icon” in an instant, and she has yet to make a single misstep. Her brows are perfect – possibly because they are always on display. The proportion, the arch, and the grooming are impeccable. When she changes the color of her hair, she never forgets her makeup and her brows. She’s another BrowPro Thin Light, although you can see from the image that her brows need the least help. 

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde, who is on a second haircolor change and another haircut since this shot (she’s taken her shoulder-grazing bob blonde for a movie role), is the other brunette bookending the “Thin Is In” post. Unlike the blondes preceding her (granted, they may not be completely natural blondes anymore, but they all were probably born blondes), it’s obvious that thin brows are a stylistic choice for Olivia. You can tell that they are plucked or waxed, and trimmed. At this thinness, their darkness and density don’t require any filling. She could have used a bit of wax or gel to fix them, however, since her brows also grow downward.

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

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 Lynda Perez of Hollywood, 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.

Next week, we’ll be back with the next installment of this series, Celebrity Brows, Part 2: Medium Done Well. Have a lovely weekend!

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…

London Fashion Week: All About Eye…Brows

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Vivienne Westwood/Getty Images

Vivienne Westwood/Getty Images

Our apologies for our Friday blog arriving on Saturday evening. It’s been one of THOSE WEEKS.

We took a break from Fall Fashion Week coverage to bring you our favs from the Academy Awards – and what a beauty and fashion extravaganza that was, as well as the first award show in history to spawn two body part-related Twitter accounts.

Now, we hop the pond for the best makeup looks from the 2012 Fall collections shown at London Fashion Week. What took us by complete surprise is that one of our favorite makeup looks came from the runway at Vivienne Westwood – not exactly known for restraint and wearability! Granted, this is just one of a number of iterations the makeup team sent down the catwalk, but still.

The overarching (pun intended) trend we’re seeing on all the runways, from New York to Paris, London to Milan, is the continued return of the strong brow. Granted, there is still the odd designer who is having the makeup artist bleach the brows (so very 2010) or thin them for a “vintage” look, but they are a shrinking minority.

And if you’re paying attention to your fashion magazines and blogs, there are entire articles devoted to brow grooming, beauty editorial is showing models like Arizona Muse, Daphne Groeneveld, Joan Smalls, and Jacquelyn Jablonski with major eyebrows, and the sale of brow-growth products (i.e. lash-growth products repackaged with a spooly wand) and lash-growth products for use on the brows continues to climb. And a quick look back at last week’s Oscar post will show you that every single celeb we featured had highly groomed and filled-in brows, even if the rest of her makeup was barely there.

So, London.

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD:  The Queen of Avante Garde and Punk Progenitor has become the Grand Dame of the Red Carpet in recent years (Rose Byrne was wearing her design at the Oscars), but that doesn’t mean her runway shows are any less entertaining. Some of the hair and makeup in this show was so fabulously over-the-top that you can see the indulgent laughter on the faces of the fans in the front rows. Yet this look is really quite wearable and flattering, a bit monochromatic but with a warmth and naturalness that is perfect for day, and would transition easily to an evening look with the addition of a few coats of mascara and a deeper lip. For a matte look, use Ibiza from the Bestsellers or Eye Envy Smoky Variety Kits, a smoky nude comprised of gradient brown and beige. If you want a shimmery eye, use 14 Karat from the Metallics Variety Kit, a gradient wash of rich golds. Be sure to bring the shadow all the way up to the brow and out to the tail of the brow at the temple. Dip a liner brush into the extra mineral cream that remains on the mylar cover and use it to line under the lower lashes. To replicate this look, brown or clear mascara is called for, although you may feel too “undone” if you usually wear black mascara. The brows are filled and then brushed up and fixed with a bit of wax or gel. Complete the look with a matte bronzer swirled onto the apples of the cheeks, and a lightly colored lip balm like Fresh Honey Sugar or one of the new “butter balms” from L’Oreal or Revlon.

Burberry Prorsum/Wireimage

Burberry Prorsum/Wireimage

BURBERRY PRORSUM: Models at the Burberry Prorsum show sported smoky eyes colored in sumptuous, velvety shades. The idea was to create a smudged look that wasn’t too heavy or structured, and looked a bit worn in and casual. Start with ColorOn’s Gypsy instant eye shadow from the Metallics Variety Kit, a deep, sultry mix of rich gradient hues of shimmering mocha topped with metallic white. Dip a liner brush in the extra creamy mineral pigments remaining on the mylar cover sheet and line under the lower lashes with the deepest mocha shade. Burberry’s makeup artist, Wendy Rowe, used a single coat of black mascara, and brushed and groomed the model’s already naturally dark and heavy brows. A touch of earth-toned blush and a deep nude lip color complete the look. Long, center-parted hair further enhances the “look at my eyes-and-brows” focus.

House of Holland/Getty Images

House of Holland/Getty Images

HOUSE OF HOLLAND: Even though the precise, merlot-colored lip and platinum bob were major attention-getters, one couldn’t help but notice the model’s dark, heavy brows and smoked lids, with a touch of metallic silver in the inner corners to lighten up the look. It was a striking combination that sounds horribly overdone in writing, yet looks fresh and quite striking in the photo. Start with the same Gypsy instant eye shadow from the Metallics Variety Kit, but confine the deep mocha shimmer to the lid up into the crease, and the white from the crease up to the brow. Once again, dip a liner brush in the extra creamy mineral pigments remaining on the mylar cover sheet and line under the lower lashes with the deepest mocha shade. Then use a bit of our Smooth Arctic Silver Shimmer loose mineral pigment, a silvery white platinum, on the inner corners of the eye and down to just a bit below the lower lash line. Add mascara to the upper lashes only, and fill and groom the brows as needed. The rest of the face is bare but for a bit of concealer or foundation to perfect the complexion, which is also applied to the vermillion border of the lip to create an even base. You can also use one of the flesh-toned lip liners available. The lip is very precisely drawn and filled inside the vermillion border with a deeply pigmented satin-finish lipstick in a dark purple/berry. By leaving the cheeks essentially bare, the eyes and brows balance out the lips.

Behnaz Sarafpour/Getty Images

Behnaz Sarafpour/Getty Images

BEHNAZ SARAFPOUR: Here we have a strong brow, soft eye, strong lip combination. Iranian-born, Philadelphia-raised, Parson’s School of Design-educated Behnaz Sarafpour is a favorite of many thirty-something Hollywood celebs, who favor her dresses. For her Fall 2012 show in London, models wore matte shades of nude brown and beige on the eyes and a matte blue-based scarlet lip. To recreate a similar look, start with Ibiza from the Bestsellers or Eye Envy Smoky Variety Kits. Blend it down well on the inner third of the eye so that the application is very light, and smudge a bit of the deepest brown at the outer corner of the eye down just below the lower lash line. Curl your lashes, add black mascara to the top and bottom, and line the inner rims with black kohl. Groom and fill the brows, and use a bit of brow wax or clear mascara for some shine. A slight dusting of nude blush at the tops of the cheekbone out to the temples, and that statement lippie complete this sophisticated look. With a matte lipstick in such a strong color, be sure to use a nude lip liner and apply with a lip brush to get the most precise edge, blot, and apply another coat.

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

And now, the Winner’s Circle. The lucky eVIP to win this week’s random drawing for a free 10-application Custom Kit is Jessica Kocher of Bonney Lake, Washington. 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 cover Milan, and then do Paris. But before then, keep an eye on your email and our Facebook page. We may have some very exciting news to announce next week!

Remember to spring forward tonight, except for those of you in Indiana who don’t do Daylight Savings Time. Have a lovely week!

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

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Adele/InStyle.com

Adele/InStyle.com

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

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

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

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

Corinne Bailey Rae/InStyle.com

Corinne Bailey Rae/InStyle.com

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

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

Kelly Osbourne/InStyle.com

Kelly Osbourne/InStyle.com

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

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

Rihanna/InStyle.com

Rihanna/InStyle.com

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

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

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

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

NYFW Looks We Love and/or Loathe; and The Winners Circle

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Derek Lam by Tom Pechaux

Derek Lam by Tom Pecheux

Oh, the joys of trolling the Web for close-ups of the makeup and hairstyles from New York Fashion Week. Such sensory overload! The excitement of seeing a gorgeous face and makeup we want to wear, a new lipstick color we can’t wait to get our hands on, relief that we get to keep the eyebrows we’ve allowed to grow back, the surprise at how many makeup artists eschewed mascara, total awe at the artistry of  Charlotte Tilbury’s stunning metallic eye makeup for Prabal Gurung (totally runway, not real way), complete dismay at Barbie-inspired makeup, Mr. Spock eyebrows, and how brown smokey eyes and “wet look” hair at Cushnie et Ochs looks great on one model and a total fashion disaster on the next.

So, here we go with the the rundown. And let us tell you, we’ve left out the looks that were so ridiculous that they deserve their own post titled, “Sorry, But Not Even On Halloween.”

Derek Lam by Tom Pechaux

Derek Lam by Tom Pecheux

Love it: Derek Lam. What gorgeous makeup! Of course, we’re heavily biased in our enthusiasm over the fact that such emphasis was placed on eye makeup this season, but Estee Lauder’s Tom Pecheux created a smokey burgundy that looked gorgeous on models with a wide range of skin tones, as you can see here. He also used two different colors of mascara — black on the top lashes and brown on the lower lashes, “to both soften and open up the gaze.” He finished the look with a soft rosy lipstick that picked up the same hues in the eye shadows; the finished look was absolutely luscious.  You can approximate this smokey burgundy eye look by starting with ColorOn’s El instant eye shadow from the Bestsellers Variety Kit, a gradient soft pink and chocolate brown that combine to create a smokey deep mauve. Top it with a bit of our Smooth Black Star Red Shimmer loose mineral pigment, a black and red shimmer that becomes a dark golden wine tone.

Barbie. Seriously,

Barbie. Seriously.

Loathe It: Barbie. Do we even need to explain why this is just wrong on every level?

Narciso Rodriguez

Narciso Rodriguez

Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott

Also, loathed the un-blended matte lemon yellow eye shadow and uninspired black eyeliner at Narciso Rodriguez, and heap scorn on the makeup and hair at Jeremy Scott. That’s not even trying — that’s just for shock value, and it doesn’t take any talent.

Love It/Loathe It: Prabal Gurung. It’s technically stunning, amazing, makeup artistry that can truly be labeled “art.” And you couldn’t wear it anywhere. It exists in the vacuum of the haute couture runway.

Prabal Gurung by Charlotte Tilbury

Prabal Gurung by Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury was inspired by the array of colors seen in bird feathers when creating this peacock effect. She blended teal shadow all over the lids and through the brows, then detailed the lower lashes with copper brown for rich dimension. She finished by tracing an electric blue kohl pencil in the inner corners and smudging it under the brow bones. For a highly toned-down variation, you could use ColorOn’s Avatare instant eye shadow, shimmering prismatically across the eyelid from a deep glittering navy to a bright pop of citron and back to sky blue, then adding a copper liner or shadow under the lower lashes to get the same pop of dimensional contrast. Avatare is only available in our Custom Kits.

Anna Sui by Pat McGrath

Anna Sui by Pat McGrath

Love it: Anna Sui. Statement eye liner was another huge trend this time around, much of it of the heavy and black variety. For some reason, this cobalt-blue, flicked-up eyeliner by Pat McGrath is playful yet sophisticated, a bit outrageous but wearable and modern. Will you be able to get away with the same tiny blue dots that are aligned under models’ pupils for an eye-opening touch? Probably not at the office.

Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe

Love It: Rachel Zoe. Here’s the heavy and black variety of eye liner, and we think it was the best of the bunch. The very Warhol-esque liner is at the lash line and in the crease, a look you could reproduce with ColorOn’s Art Gothika instant eye shadow, with its glittering silver and shimmering black liners laying artistically across the eyelid to create a midnight multi-tonal look. With the arched, sculpted brows, contoured cheeks, nude lip and long center-parted hair, this vibe was very Verushka.

Zac Posen

Zac Posen

Gemma Kahng

Gemma Kahng

Loathe It: Zac Posen and Gemma Kahng. What’s with the Mr. Spock brows? The rest of the makeup couldn’t be more opposite, with the remainder of the eye at Zac Posen so overdone and overdrawn it looked like a bad eye job, and the look even more alien at Gemma Kahng. We don;t expect to see either look on the street unless we stumble accidentally into a cliche, the Trekkie Convention. Comic-Con IS coming up…

Love It/Loathe It: Cushnie et Ochs. We’ve always been a fan of creating the smokey eye in shades other than black, and brown can be a great daytime substitute, as well as making blue eyes pop.

Cushnie et Ochs, yes!

Cushnie et Ochs, yes!

Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury (her again!) smudged a brown velvet kohl over the entire eyelid and into the lashes, then applied a platinum metallic pigment to highlight the inner corners. It was an inventive trick that made traditional brown more brilliant. Then it was paired with wet-look hair, and on the model to the left, it works.

Cushnie et Ochs, no!

Cushnie et Ochs, no!

But on the model to the right, something goes horribly wrong with all of the very same elements. If nothing else, a cautionary tale. Sometimes a look you love just isn’t going to love you back. Try this look by pairing ColorOn’s Gypsy from the Metallics Variety Kit with Smooth Arctic Silver Shimmer loose mineral pigment in the inner corners of the eyes. And don’t even attempt the hair. They all just looked greasy, not wet.

L'Wren Scott by Aaron de Mey

L'Wren Scott by Aaron de Mey

Phillip Lim 3.1 by Francelle Daly

Phillip Lim 3.1 by Francelle Daly

Love It: We also loved the eye makeup at L’Wren Scott, Phillip Lim 3.1, Jill Stuart, Proenza Schouler, and Gucci Westman’s total look for Oscar de la Renta.

Jill Stuart

Jill Stuart

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler

Oscar de la Renta by Gucci Westman

Oscar de la Renta by Gucci Westman

Love It: Announcing we have another name to add to the Winners Circle — Julie Swett of Corvallis, Montana. She’ll be watching her mailbox for the free 10-application Custom Kit we’ll be sending 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.

We know we promised last week that this week we would talk abut the Grammys; NYFW derailed us with all the excesses and excessive coverage. We’ll do our Grammy post-mortem next week, and then it’s on to the Oscars!

Have a wonderful long weekend if you have Monday off for the President’s Day holiday.

Bright + Smokey; Valentine Eyes; Winner’s Circle: Happy Friday!

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Olivia Palermo/InStyle.com

Olivia Palermo/InStyle.com

Welcome to another jam-packed Friday blog post from ColorOn! We’ve some on-trend smokey eyes to show you, created with a palette of bright colors in a range of happy tones, resulting in a sexy-yet-wide-eyed look; quite the interesting juxtaposition. It’s a very alluring look, as you can see…

Olivia Palermo/Brown and Metallic Purple: New York Fashion Week media darling and front-row habitue Olivia Palermo creates a modified Cat’s-Eye makeup using a muted brown based and layering metallic purple shadow over it, blending it to jut out only slightly on the edges. She also smudged the same shadow along the lower lash line, drawing it upwards towards the tail of the eyebrow. This creates a shapely but less harsh effect than true cat’s-eye liner. Start with ColorOn’s Ibiza instant eye shadow from the Bestsellers Variety Kit, with its gradient brown and beige as your base, then layer on our Smooth Purple Royale Shimmer. Black mascara and barely there cheek and lip color allow the eye makeup to work its magic, bringing out the different shades of brown in her eyes.

Jayma Mays/Yellow and Green: At the SAG Awards, Jayma Mays wore a gorgeous long-sleeved  sequined grey/black gown — very severe, very sexy — setting off her red hair and fair coloring.

Jayma Mays/InStyle.com

Jayma Mays/InStyle.com

So her bright green and yellow smoked shadows and black eyeliner really popped, bringing out the copper flecks in her hazel brown eyes. You can recreate this look by choosing Envy, a gradient green and yellow instant eye shadow combination from the Naturally Warmer Variety Kit, confining the intense color from lash line to the crease, winging it out just a bit along the curve of the brow bone at the outer corner of the eyes. Deep black eyeliner, either liquid, pencil, or using our ColorOn Smooth Black Shimmer loose mineral pigment, is drawn along the upper and lower lash lines, encircling the entire eye. Lots of black mascara, with an extra coat or two on the lashes at the outer third of each eye, will give a good approximation of her partial false eyelashes. The rest of the face is very neutral, offsetting all the color around the eye and her vivid hair. And contrary to Old School rules, Jayma’s creamy pink blush and lipstick do not clash with her fiery hair.

Mila Kunis/Plums and Lilac: Mila Kunis looks fresh and modern with her deep smokey plum, purple, and silvery lavender shadows concentrated on the lid and brow bone, and the pale shimmery lavender below the eye.

Mila Kunis/InStyle.com

Mila Kunis/InStyle.com

The same look can be achieved using ColorOn’s Fairy Pink, a sexy smokey eye in the shimmer sunset shades of dusky pink, smokey amethyst and deep merlot, from the Dreams Variety Kit.Use a domed shadow brush or an eyeliner brush (depending on how thick you want it) to take some of the creamy mineral shadow and line under the lower lashes. Finish with black eyeliner inside the waterline and plenty of mascara. Mila keeps her blush and lipgloss in the same color family, but very light and sheer.

And even though it’s just four days away, we have to mention the Limited Edition Valentine’s Kits: Lavender Love, Sweet Heart, and Sexy Valentine, which come with everything you need to create a special look for this especially romantic holiday, or perhaps for your anniversary, or maybe just hold them in reserve for when you’re feeling like it’s time for something very special…

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

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

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

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

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

Sexy Valentine in Blue

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

Sexy Valentine in Green

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

Sexy Valentine in Pink

Metallic Silver Glitter

Metallic Silver Glitter

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

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

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

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

And last — but never, ever least — the Winner’s Circle. This week’s lucky eVIPto  winner in our random drawing for a free 10-application Custom Kit is Sherine Patrick of Brooklyn, New York.  She’ll be watching her mailbox next to see what beautiful surprise we send her. As always, we encourage our Winners Circle members to post their experiences on our Facebook Fan Page once they’ve had time to play with their new makeup, so that all of you get the benefit of real feedback on the products. Not an eVIP? Sign up now on the website.

Have a fabulous Fashion Week, if you’re watching the coverage, and remember The Grammy Awards are on Sunday night. We’ll be talking about what we thought of the makeup and looks there in the next post! The Grammy’s are always good for a fashion excess or six, so it’s certainly never a dull moment. We’re hotly anticipating what Nikki Minaj will wear; she’s a living, breathing avatar for the wild excesses of fashion and beauty that pop up in our minds and are dismissed as impossible if we want to stay employed. And will Katy Perry’s hair still be blue? We need to know!