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Labor Day: Makeup and Hair You Will Wear from Summer to Fall

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Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani

Happy Labor Day! Tradition dictates this is the official transition from summer to fall, and since New York Fashion Week begins September 6th, it certainly feels like we should be putting away all things summer and breaking out the fall wardrobe and transitioning from summer makeup to fall’s palette. But not everyone is a slave to the fashion calendar (nor can she afford to be!), and not everyone lives in a place where the climate works with you to make the transition feel natural. Here at ColorOn HQ in South Florida, “fall” is more a label than an actual season, and we shift to falls colors and clothing to be au courant (and because the tourists start arriving next month and REALLY descend upon us in November for the beginning of the “social season”).

All this build-up is to say that you don’t have to abandon everything about your summer look as the leaves prepare to turn in those places where leaves turn colors. A perfect example is the hairstyle we’re featuring in today’s post: the topknot. It’s an updo you see on the runway in some form year-round. In fact, these images come from celebrity events and previous Fashion Weeks during all four seasons. And when it comes to the makeup worn with a hairstyle that put so much focus upon the eyes and face, you have plenty of options – from casual to red carpet. Since casual is a bit of a no-brainer, let’s examine how to incorporate the topknot into more “formal” makeup looks…

GWEN STEFANI: The multi-hyphenate rock star turned fashion designer, who will be performing with her band No Doubt at the kick-off of the NFL season Wednesday night along with Mariah Carey (who could have guessed THAT 17 years ago listening to “Just a Girl”? Certainly not Mrs. Rossdale herself!), has mastered the art of the messy topknot-as-red-carpet-chic and made it a major part of her look. She debuted it in her “formal wardrobe” in November of last year at the Museum for Contemporary Art (MOCA) Gala in Los Angeles wearing this black Carven gown – and earlier in the day, she wore essentially the same topknot with more random pieces pulled out for the premiere of her Harajuku Mini for Target collection at the Jim Henson Studios, were she wore a very casual jacket-and-cropped-pant suit from her own L.A.M.B. collection.

To balance out the highly controlled messiness of this “evening” topknot, her makeup is very precise and glamorous. To duplicate her look, start with ColorOn’s Platinum and Pearls from the Metallics Variety Kit, blending it from the inner corners of the eye across the lid and browbone, and all the way out to the tail of the brow. Take an eyeliner brush and dip it in the creamy metallic shadow remaining on the cover film, and apply a bit more to the inner corners, and draw a thin line below the lower lashes. Then take ColorOn’s Smooth Black Star Gold Shimmer loose mineral pigment, a dark black/brown and gold shimmer, and use either with a wet or dry eyeliner brush to draw a cat’s eye swoop of liner along the upper lash line, extending it just past the outer edge of the eye and flicking it upward.

Line the upper and lower inner rims of the eyes with a bronzed brown kohl liner. Gwen is wearing a strip of false eyelashes, and if you have the skills, go for it! Otherwise, black mascara on the upper and lower lashes, then apply additional coats to the outer half of the upper lashes, allowing them to dry between coats. Gwen wears very sculpted, brows with a high arch, bleached to a light brown to complement her platinum mane, and filled lightly for that retro look she cultivates. She’d be a BrowPro Full Light.

Add Gwen’s signature red statement lip in a cool tone since your eye makeup is comprised of silver and platinum (no doubt Gwen’s is a L’Oreal lippie, since she’s a spokesperson), and you’re very good to go. To maintain a red lip like this, experts always recommend you choose a matching lip liner, line the lips precisely along the natural borders and then fill them in completely, apply your lipstick with a brush – again for precision – blot, and then apply another coat of lipstick. And just to make note – Gwen’s still working this look brilliantly, as evidenced by No Doubt’s performances on Good Morning America and the Teen Choice Awards in July.

Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne

CARA DELEVINGNE: One of Burberry’s favorite mannequins, the gorgeous Cara Delevingne’s eyes are absolutely arresting, and are always the feature the makeup artists play up. Leave off the makeup, don’t style her hair, and put her in Burberry’s most casual Wellies and a plain mac, and you still can’t hide how gorgeous she is. Pull her hair into a pretty topknot and give her a smoky eye, and you get THIS. Wow.

To recreate Cara’s eye makeup, start with ColorOn’s Gypsy from the Metallics Variety Kit, but confine the application to the lid and crease, leaving the brow bone bare or if you choose the whole application, blending what’s on the brow bone down to a barely there application that just perfects the area. Blend the deeper mocha shadow from the inner corner of the lid outward beyond the eyelid and toward the temple. Then take an eyeliner brush and drip it first in the mocha shadow remaining on the cover film and starting at that outermost point, draw it back and under the lower lashes, stopping under the pupil. Clean the eyeliner brush (or use another), then dip it in the metallic white shadow on the cover film and apply it lightly to the inner lower corner of the eye and under the lower lash line out toward the pupil, blending well so that it’s just a shimmering glow, not a heavy application.

Grab a black kohl eyeliner pencil and trace a thin line along the upper lash line, widening it only slightly as you reach the outer corner of your eyelid and giving it a little flick upward. This isn’t meant to be big a dramatic like Gwen’s cat’s eyeliner; this should be more of an enhancement to your lashes and barely noticeable. Use the same black kohl to line the upper and lower inner rims, and apply black mascara to the upper and lower lashes.

Cara has dark and dramatic brows to go with those penetrating eyes, which are kept close to natural and grow very straight and at a slight upward angle, but with no arch. However, they’re obviously groomed and brushed into place, and very glossy. If you have very straight brows like Cara, see a professional for a shaping – they could look like this! And then you can maintain them by cleaning up the strays as they grow in. For the rest of us, if you have sparse or thinner brows but want brows this full and dark to achieve the same intensity, you’ll need BrowPro in Full Dark – but you will end up with an arch!

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough

JULIANNE HOUGH: Dancer/singer/actress Julianne Hough, here at the Los Angeles premiere of the Tom Cruise vehicle Rock of Ages earlier this year, combines the artfully disheveled topknot with a sexy, floor-length Kaufman Franco designer gown. Again with the versatility!

In order for this version to reach the needed level of formality, Julianne’s makeup needed the same sort of metallic “oomph” Gwen employed. To get the same effect, start with ColorOn’s 14 Karat from the Metallics Variety Kit, using a full application and then dipping an eyeliner brush into the creamy gold shadow left on the cover film to apply it under the lower lashes from the inner corner all the way out and up to meet the application on your eyelids. It should look like a wash of golden shadows all around the eye. Julianne has the type of eye where the eyelid is not visible when the eyes are open  (something even those with deep-set eyes eventually deal with as well as the eyes age), so her makeup artist opted for strip lashes and skipped mascara on the lower lashes altogether. If you’re as uncomfortable applying faux lashes as we are (and even the experts aren’t magicians; we see pictures all the time from red carpet events where we pull in for the extreme close up on an image to examine the makeup and can see the false lashes breaking free and making a run for it), curl your lashes and apply multiple coats of mascara to the upper lashes only. Just be sure to comb them while wet, and let them dry between coats.

Julianne has very blonde brows to match her pale lashes and blonde hair, so her MUA also grooms and fills her brows. Julianne has a nice rounded arch, and wears her brows neither too thin or too thick, leaving her bright blue eyes center stage, so to speak. She’s a BrowPro Medium Light.

With all that golden glowing going on, Julianne’s statement lip needs a neutral-to-warm undertone, and this pretty coral/melon shade plays well this the neon citrus shade of her gown, especially with its satin, almost matte texture and very precise application.

Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen

ELIZABETH OLSEN: Actress Elizabeth Olsen, whom we hope we no longer have to qualify as “the younger sister of actresses-turned-CFDA-winning fashion designers, Olsen twins Ashley and Mary-Kate,” shows how this summery hairstyle transitions well to the fall makeup palette’s strong berry-toned lip. Her topknot has a more controlled, formal feeling, so her makeup needn’t compensate as much, especially since she’s wearing a very ornate Alexander McQueen knee-length halter dress with a pleated, tiered lace neckline, a ruffled skirt with a sheer panel, and a gold embellished waistband atop heavily beaded and embellished black velvet wedges by the same designer.

Start with ColorOn’s Ibiza from the Eye Envy Smoky Kit, our neutral smoky eye that can be worn day or night depending on how heavily you apply. In this case, blend it well for a very subtle bit of smoky, and use a small domed eye shadow brush or an eyeliner brush to draw a well-blended but substantial line under the lower lashes with the creamy taupe and brown shadows left on the cover film.

Like all of the other actresses, Elizabeth is wearing faux lash strips. Attempt bravely, or curl your lashes and apply black mascara to the upper and lower lashes, adding at least a second coat to your upper lashes after they’ve dried.

Like her sisters, Elizabeth leaves her blonde but surprisingly heavy brows relatively untouched. They seem to simply be brushed, trimmed and fixed.

For a deep berry lip like this, the same application process is recommended as for the red lip, substituting a wine or deep berry liner and a cool-toned satin-finish lipstick in a wine, deep berry, dark fuchsia…

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

We hope you’ve enjoyed your long holiday weekend, or if you’ve had to work, we hope it was a productive time. As we mentioned before, both the start of New York Fashion Week and the MTV Video Music Awards fall on September 6th – we’ll have more makeup to talk about than we’ll know what to do with!

And how right were we on that Lindsay Lohan reference at the end of the Kate Middleton post two weeks ago? She just keeps making it too easy to pick on her, and frankly, we need more of a challenge if we’re going to actually get snarky. Something shiny will probably grab our attention before too long

The London Olympics Fuel Our Kate Middleton Obsession

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Kate Middleton in black lace Erdem Resort 2012

Kate Middleton in black lace Erdem Resort 2012

As if America was not obsessed enough with the lovely Kate Middleton, or as she is officially known, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the 2012 Summer Olympics in London simply ratcheted it up to a level of frenzy that, IOHO, exceeds that of Princess Diana. Yes, we may be smote by lightening upon leaving the premises, but Kate (if we may be so bold as to call her that) carries so much less baggage, seems like such a stronger, more independent, even feisty individual who married for love and is loved equally, and frankly has had to learn the whole “demure” thing that was Diana’s stock-in-trade. Generational difference? Perhaps. The difference between being bred to marry royalty as opposed to being a “commoner”? We’ll reserve comment as Yanks and members of a society whose “royalty” is comprised of celebrities, the wealthy, athletes, and reality television “stars.” Whatever it is, Kate has that certain something, and she has it in spades. She was photographed as often observing the games as the athletes themselves.

On one of the last days of the games, The Today Show did yet another segment on Kate’s fashion choices, and we were immediately struck by two of her lace dresses. Why? Because they were exact duplicates of two ColorOn instant eyeshadow looks!

Winter Black Lace

Winter Black Lace

The first was an Erdem Resort 2012 black and white stretch lace ¾-sleeve cocktail/day dress that looks exactly like our Winter Black Lace instant eyeshadow from the Winter’s Veil Variety Kit . Whether your look is as feminine as delicate lace, or Gothic as wicked black crochet, this photo-realistic lace pattern satisfies whatever look you’re craving.

The second was a stunning Alice by Temperley evening gown with a plunging neckline and fitted bodice that was a ringer for our Winter Pink Veil instant eyeshadow, also from the Winter’s Veil Variety Kit, which we introduced as a limited-edition for winter 2011-2012 but was so popular we made it a part of the permanent collection.

Kate Middleton in a black and pink Alice by Temperley gown

Kate Middleton in a black and pink Alice by Temperley gown

Winter Pink Veil

Winter Pink Veil

Like Kate’s gown, this sweetly pink yet gothically exotic photorealistic black lace pattern combines with honeysuckle pink to create a look that’s both innocent and just a little edgy.

Kate’s own makeup is always exquisitely done – perfectly groomed and full brows, flushed cheeks, natural rosy/nude lips, and eye makeup of varying intensity depending on the event. Like many British women, she favors what we often refer to as “panda eyes” – eyeliner above and below the lash lines – but it is always day or night appropriate, and never heavy handed.

Kate's makeup wearing the Erdem frock

Kate’s makeup wearing the Erdem frock

For her day look in the Erdem frock, you can recreate the look starting with ColorOn’s Ibiza from the Eye Envy Smoky Kit, a subtle yet sophisticated smoky nude in tones of beige and brown. A thin stripe of black eyeliner (hers appears to be pencil, but you can also use a gel or liquid depending on your preference) starts at the inner corners of the eye and follows along the lash line both above and below the eye, meeting at the outer corner and flicking up ever-so-slightly. Multiple coats of black mascara finish the look on curled lashes.

A slightly rosy nude blush is swept from the apples of her cheeks toward the temples and matches her subtle lipstick in the same shade.

For her evening look, Kate’s makeup if more dramatic, yet not dramatically different. Start with El from the Eye Envy Smoky Kit, a soft pink and chocolate brown gradient that combine to create a smoky mauve. Then dip a dampened round-tipped eye shadow brush in our Smooth Black Shimmer loose mineral pigment, a beautiful true black shimmer, and sweep it across the eyelid from the inner to outer corner of the eye, and up into the crease so that the entire lid is darkened. Then sweep it under the lower lashes as well. Once again, apply multiple coats of black mascara to curled lashes.

Kate's makeup wearing the Alice by Temperley gown

Kate’s makeup wearing the Alice by Temperley gown

For more evening drama, Kate chose a berry colored cream blush applied to the apples of her cheeks for a beautiful flush, and slicked on a raspberry lipstick with a bit of shine – no shimmer or gloss, just a bit not her usual satin finish.

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

We have the Venice Film Festival on August 29th and then the MTV Video Music Awards on September 6th – the same day New York Fashion Week begins. Until then, we’re sure we’ll find SOMETHING to compliment, and probably a few things to poke a stick at (we’ve left Lindsay Lohan alone for FAR TOO LONG, people).

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!

We’ll Be Seeing You in Blue, Too…

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Backstage at Sonia Rykiel Paris Fashion Week F/W 2012

Backstage at Sonia Rykiel Paris Fashion Week F/W 2012

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

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

Selena Gomez/Getty Images

Selena Gomez/Getty Images

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

Kristen Stewart/Getty Images

Kristen Stewart/Getty Images

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

Heidi Klum, now.../Getty Images

Heidi Klum, now...

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

Heidi Klum, then...

Heidi Klum, then...

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

Katy Perry/Getty Images

Katy Perry/Getty Images

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

Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer

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

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera

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

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

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

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

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

Paris Fashion Week: Bedazzled Brows and Dazzling Eyes

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Manish Arora

Manish Arora

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

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

Smoky Eyes/Nude Lips…

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

Costume National

Costume National

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

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

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

Givenchy

Givenchy

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

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

Jean Charles de Castelbajac

Jean Charles de Castelbajac

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

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

John Galliano

John Galliano

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

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

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

Kanye West

Kanye West

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


Haider Ackerman

Haider Ackerman

Soft Eye/Strong Lips…

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

Julien David

Julien David

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

Kenzo

Kenzo

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

Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci

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

Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf

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

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

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent

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


The Soft/No Makeup Look…

Christian Dior, model #1

Christian Dior, model #1

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

Christian Dior, model #2

Christian Dior, model #2

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

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

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

Vanessa Bruno

Vanessa Bruno

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

Gareth Pugh

Gareth Pugh

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

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

Leonard

Leonard

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

Paul & Joe

Paul & Joe

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

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

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

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant

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

Chanel

Chanel

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

It’s All about Color…

This part is mostly just for fun.

Akris

Akris

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

Manish Arora

Manish Arora

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

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

Miu Miu

Miu Miu

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

Yang Du

Yang Du

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

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

That’s it for our Fashion Week wrap ups. We’ll have to go back to scoping out celebrities! And then we’ll have the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 1st to check out.

Have a simply gorgeous week…

Mondo Milano, BrowPro, Winners Circle

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Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

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

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

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

Blumarine

Blumarine

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

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

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

Etro

Etro

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

Gianfranco Ferre

Gianfranco Ferre

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

Gucci

Gucci

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

Moschino Cheap & Chic

Moschino Cheap & Chic

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

Normaluisa

Normaluisa

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

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

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

Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

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

Now, for the looks that drew laughs…

Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta

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

Byblos

Byblos

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

Fendi

Fendi

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

Prada

Prada

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

Versace

Versace

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

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

Next up, BrowPro.

BrowPro Thin Brows in Light

BrowPro Thin Brows in Light

Now you can create runway ready brows in moments with ColorOn’s latest launch, Instant Eyebrow Applicators.  Instead of multiple products or expensive all-in-one brow kits containing gel, pencils, powders, wax, and brow-shaping stencils, all you need is ColorOn’s all-in-one-application BrowPro. BrowPro colors, defines, shapes, and holds the eyebrows in place.  Available in three creamy brow-enhancing shades that blend to match most eyebrows:

  • Light (for blonde to light brown hair)
  • Brown (for medium to dark brown hair)
  • Dark (for dark brown to black hair)
BrowPro Medium Brows in Brown

BrowPro Medium Brows in Brown

In three popular shapes:

  • Thin
  • Medium
  • Full
BrowPro Dark Brows in Full

BrowPro Dark Brows in Full

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

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

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

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!

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

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Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie, leg currently unavailable

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

Jennifer Lopez, all taped in

Jennifer Lopez, all taped in

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

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

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

Viola Davis, naturally stunning

Viola Davis, naturally stunning

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

Kristen Wiig, casually elegant

Kristen Wiig, casually elegant

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

Penelope Cruz, perfect smoky eyes

Penelope Cruz, perfect smoky eyes

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

Rose Byrne, iconic look

Rose Byrne, iconic look

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

Stacy Keibler, honorable mention, sparkle

Stacy Keibler, honorable mention, sparkle

Gwyneth Paltrow, honorable mention, sparkle

Gwyneth Paltrow, honorable mention, sparkle

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

Jessica Chastain, honorable mention, sparkle

Jessica Chastain, honorable mention, sparkle

Octavia Spencer, honorable mention, smoke

Octavia Spencer, honorable mention, smoke

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

Natalie Portman, honorable mention, smoke

Natalie Portman, honorable mention, smoke

Berenice Bejo, honorable mention, smoke

Berenice Bejo, honorable mention, smoke

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

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

Victoria Beckham, honorable mention, smoke

Victoria Beckham, honorable mention, smoke

Cameron Diaz, dishonorable mention

Cameron Diaz, dishonorable mention

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

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

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

Have a beautiful week!

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!