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Celebrity Brows, Part 1: Thin Is In…

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Malin Ackerman

Malin Ackerman, pretty in hot pink...

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

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

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

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

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson

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

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

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

Berenice Bejo

Berenice Bejo

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

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz

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

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson

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

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

Well, yes, moving on.

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

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

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

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

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

BrowPro colors, defines, shapes, and holds the eyebrows in place.  Available in three creamy brow-enhancing shades that blend to match most eyebrows:

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

In three popular shapes:

  • Thin
  • Medium
  • Full

Why ColorOn BrowPro?

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

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

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

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

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

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…

Molten Metal Eye Makeup

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Emma Stone

Emma Stone

Today we have three very different celebrities in terms of hair, eye, and skin color, but all three have something in common – molten metallic eye makeup. It’s a fashion statement that works year-round because it the right metal works with every skin tone, from the palest to the deepest.

Pale and red-haired Emma Stone goes totally bronze, picking up the same tones in her hair and closely matching her gown. The contrast against her creamy white complexion is beautiful. You can achieve the same eye look with ColorOn’s Bronze Goddess from the Metallics Variety Kit, keeping the bulk of the shadow from just above the crease to the lash line, and using the extra creamy mineral makeup to line below the bottom lashes all the way from the inner corner of the eye outward, extending it just a bit beyond the lashes for a smoky look. The bronze makes her hazel green eyes pop. Black eyeliner and mascara complete the look. With that much bronze going on, she wisely goes easy on the cheeks and lips with very sheer bronzer and a non-shimmer caramel gloss.

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

Oscar-winning blonde actress and the woman who j’adores Dior fragrances, Charlize Theron pairs a golden eye with on-trend fuchsia lips, leaving the rest of her flawless face bare. Try ColorOn’s 14 Karat instant eye shadow appliqué, a from the Metallics Variety Kit to the whole lid, ending just below the brow bone, and using the extra creamy mineral shadow under the lower lashes from just under the pupil outward, extending it just beyond the lash line. Plenty of black mascara is all that’s left to complete this simple-yet-stunning look.

Tika Sumpter

Tika Sumpter

Gossip Girl regular Tika Sumpter goes for a subtle metallic eye while playing up her perfect eyebrows, and her sculpted peony blush and matching lip color. To duplicate her look, try ColorOn’s 14 Karat, which is a much more subtle color on her beautiful mocha skin tone. Then add a bit of our Smooth Monarch Gold Shimmer loose mineral pigment at the inner corners of the eye. This bright yellow-gold shimmer looks like 14-karat dust and is perfect to accentuate the inner corner of the eye, or to add a bit of extra golden patina to the lids and crease.

Remember that every colorOn instant eye shadow can be combined and purchased as a Custom Kit or you can instead buy pre-made Variety Kits. Either way, same price. There are 78 instant eye shadow looks and 24 pre-selected Variety Kits. And stock up on the 11 Smooth Shimmers or 7 Metallic Glitters loose mineral shadows while you’re at it; some are limited editions and won’t be around forever!

We’ll be back Friday with a new Winners Circle announcement! Have a radiant day…

Molto Bella! Looks from the Venice Film Festival

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Madonna

Madonna

Didn’t we tell you how obsessed we are with awards shows and film festivals? This week, we have the Venice Film Festival to pick apart. The great thing about film festivals is that the celebrities have to make multiple appearances, so you get to see them in two or three outfits – ball gowns, cocktail dresses, and something fabulous for press interviews. The evening gowns in Venice were totally amazing, and the three celebs whose makeup we’re going to analyze – according to everyone who has an opinion on such – had the best gowns of the festival.

This is Madonna’s first appearance ever in our “how to look like a celebrity” blogs, but she really made all the twenty-somethings look like amateurs. How amazing is it that she has been famous and a fashion icon now for over 30 years? In order to give all the marquee value to her vivid red pout, she chose to keep the eye shadow subtle, which you can do with ColorOn’s Laguna, a soft beige washed with a translucent splash of violet that brings out the bit of hazel in Madonna’s eyes. It can be found in the Bestsellers Variety Kit.  Tons of black mascara and her trademark brows, along with a very Veronica Lake hairstyle, give her that Old Hollywood glamour. No one EVER forget this woman is a STAR.

Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood

Evan Rachel Wood did a fabulous job showing off how versatile her new short ‘do can be, and also went for a very classic Hollywood look with her evening gowns. To offset her bright-white, floor length shirtwaist gown, she chose pretty pinks and corals, which you can easily reproduce with ColorOn’s Sunset Beach, a wash of beige and coral shadows reminiscent of a sunset over by the sea – or canal, in this case. It can also be found in the Bestsellers Variety Kit. Plenty of black mascara, nicely filled-in brows, a pinkish-coral cream blush and a deeper lip in the same shade give her a delicate flush.

Keira Knightly

Keira Knightly

Keira Knightly had the most delicious gown of the entire festival, a gold-embroidered Valentino Couture, but we liked her daytime makeup for the press interviews. She’s playing up her graduated bob with this season’s heavy brows, balancing them out with a daytime smoky eye (see our recent blog post). You can get the same look with ColorOn’s Noche, a gradient white and black from the Smoky Classics and Bestsellers Variety Kits. Applied with a light hand, the white accents the brow bone and the creamy black mineral shadow is blended to stay on the lid. Black Mascara and a touch of black eyeliner below the lower lashes bring all the focus on the eyes, and Keira chose to apply a pale pink blush and a peony pink lipstick to keep the look pretty for day instead of looking too nightclubby.

Remember, there are 78 different colorOn instant eye shadow applicators, and 24 pre-packaged Variety Kits. You can find the looks above not only in the Variety Kits, but in the Custom Kits where you can mix and match to your heart’s content. You’re ready, set, go…for anything!

We’ll be back Friday with the Winners Circle. Have a lovely week.

Another Summertime Must: Vibrant Violets

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Eva Longoria, Christina Milian, and Heidi Klum all picked purple

Eva Longoria, Christina Milian, and Heidi Klum all picked purple

Last week we blogged about bright blue eyeshadow making a big splash during the spring runway shows; another was bright purple, from lavender to violet, from amethyst to plum. Here are three celebrities successfully wearing the trend: Eva Longoria, Christina Milian, and Heidi Klum. The trick with such a saturated color, which is beautiful on skins from the fairest to the deepest, is to keep the rest of the face neutral and natural – not matching lipstick or gloss, no bright blush.

Cactus Flower

Cactus Flower

ColorOn offers you a nice range of purple-hued instant eye shadow looks, from the sweetest daytime pastels to the deepest night skies.  For a sunny summer day, try Cactus Flower from the Painted Desert Variety Kit, or Laguna from the Bestsellers Kit. For a sexier look, try  Fairy Pink from the Dreams Variety Kita sexy smokey eye in the sunset shades of dusky pink, smokey amethyst and deep merlot.

Plum Passion

Plum Passion

For a deeper plummy look, try Plum Passion from the Painted Desert Variety Kit. Create a dusky, doe-eyed look with this combination of a vibrant deep plum and indigo for a smoky evening look.

Finesse

Finesse

For a delicate pastel look, try Finesse from the Eye Envy Rhapsody in Gray Variety Kit. Finesse is a smoky sunset palette of delicate rose and plush grey that combine into a gorgeous gradient violet.

Amethysts and Gold

Amethysts and Gold

Amethysts and White Gold

Amethysts and White Gold

If you want to take your hothouse violets out on the town, try a shimmery tri-color look are sure to grab the spotlight. Amethysts and Gold from the Jewels Variety Kit is a prism of exotic purple and gold, with a hint of translucent pink that wears like jewelry for the eyes. In the same variety kit you’ll find a more day-wear oriented look, Amethysts and White Gold.

Lost in Space

Lost in Space

The other nighttime look is Lost in Space from the Eye Envy Odyssey Kit, four colors, one seriously intricate look. Shimmer pink, cobalt blue, dusky sapphire and hot violet combine into a bold look not for the faint of heart.

All of the colors mentioned can be combined and purchased as a Custom Kit, or you can instead buy the Variety Kit  in which they’re featured. Either way, same price. There are 78 instant eye shadow looks and 24 pre-selected Variety Kits. And stock up on the 11 Smooth Shimmers or 7 Metallic Glitters loose mineral shadows while you’re at it; some are limited editions and won’t be around forever!

We’ll be back Friday with a new Winners Circle announcement! Have a lovely day…

More Blushing Brides: Celebrity Looks for That Special Day

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Anne Hathaway/Getty Images

Anne Hathaway/Getty Images

It’s Week 2 of our “Inspired by Celebrity” bridal makeup looks, and we’ve found some wonderful makeup looks that are absolutely perfect for the summer bride.

The lovely Anne Hathaway, who wowed us all through the Awards season, especially in her turn as co-host of the Academy Awards, wears a beautiful monochromatic look that you can recreate starting with colorOn’s Sunset Beach instant eye shadow from our Bestsellers Variety Kit.

This combination of gradient beige and coral are spot on-trend, sultry yet sweet and playing up Anne’s alabaster skin with a bit of chocolate brown liner below the lower lash line, and plenty of waterproof mascara, focusing especially at the outer corners of the upper lashes. A matching coral cream blush and a sheer coral lipstain and her hazel eyes and rich brunette hair combine to make her look every inch the princess bride she once played.

Claire Danes/Getty Images

Claire Danes/Getty Images

A radiant Claire Daines cornered the look on shades of peach, honeysuckle, peony this award show season, colors that bring out the beautiful undertones in her slightly golden skin and grey/blue eyes. You can create the same eye look with colorOn’s Bermuda from the Eye Envy Flaunt Variety Kit, a veritable sundae for the eye with yummy pink and creamy beige topped with a dark chocolate liner.

Claire has no need for mascara with those Latisse-enhanced lashes, just a peony cream blush and peachy-pink, slightly matte lipstick with some staying power. She looks like a bouquet of gorgeous flowers.

Keri Russell/Getty Images

Keri Russell/Getty Images

The famously curly haired Keri Russell looks quite bridal with her slightly uncontrolled updo, and teal and chocolate eye makeup that bring out the green-flecked hazel of her eyes. You can reproduce this look by choosing colorOn’s South Beach from the Eye Envy Tropics Kit, a cool teal and deep chocolate mix, confining the intensity of the colors to from the lash line deep into the crease.

She brings the teal shade into the inner corners of the eye and under the lower lash line, and tops it with plenty of black waterproof mascara. A neutral, almost-there blush and a sheer nude gloss keep her eyes the focus.

Scarlett Johanssen/Getty Images

Scarlett Johanssen/Getty Images

The bridal glam look goes to Scarlett Johanssen, who channels a very “Monroe-esque” look appropriate for an evening wedding, with her side-swept, deeply parted platinum pin curls, strips of false lashes, and frosty platinum eyeshadow. You can achieve the same look using colorOn’s Platinum and Pearls instant eye shadow from the Metallics Variety Kit, bringing a bit of the creamy platinum shadow around the inner corners of the eye and just under the lower lash line. A subtle peachy glow to her cheeks and nude gloss keep this look “bridal” rather than “bombshell.”

Selena Gomez/Getty Images

Selena Gomez/Getty Images

Finally, we have the lovely young Selena Gomez. Too young perhaps to be a bride herself, she nevertheless wears a lovely monochromatic coral makeup that is perfect for a summer wedding. You can get the eye look with colorOn’s Coral Cove, a beautiful wash of summery coral rose and beige, with a subtle chocolate liner, the perfect romantic summer smoky look as delicate as flower petal. You can find it in the Romance Variety Kit.

Like any bride, follow it with lots of waterproof black mascara! A creamy blush in the same coral rose shade, and pale coral pink gloss, and this look suits almost anyone, whether a dark brunette like Selena, or a pale blonde like Scarlett.

You can find the looks above not only in the pre-packaged Variety Kits mentioned, but in Custom Kits where you can mix and match to your heart’s content from the 78 different colorOn instant eye shadow applicators. We’re still running a FREE SHIPPING promotion through June 17th, so now’s the time to place your order.

We’ll be back Friday with the Winners Circle…We’ll keep drawing a new name from our eVIPs every Friday in 2011, and the winner receives instant email notification that she’s won a great $20.00 gift. No purchase is necessary to become an eVIP and be entered into the drawing, so if you aren’t an eVIP, now’s the time! Be sure to add our domain @coloronpro.com to your Safe Senders list, or you may never know YOU won.

colorOn Fan’s YouTube Tutorial

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At colorOn…Professional, we love it when our fans shoot video of themselves trying our product, or when pro artists use it on their clients. This fashionista’s YouTube Channel, ILoveGerardo, posted a great tutorial on trying one of the very exotic collections, Nature’s Glory.

colorOn...Professional's Fly Away shadow

Fly Away eye look from colorOn's Nature's Glory Variety Kit

These instant eye looks are taken straight from nature and are photorealistic reproductions in mineral eye shadow pigments of the feathered wings of birds.

ILoveGerardo has also created and posted a tutorial on the variety kit Painted Desert’s Plum Passion look. Be sure to check it out, and we encourage you to create your own videos like these and submit them to colorOn. We will  post them to our blog, Facebook Fan Page and on Twitter, which is great exposure for you as well.

Keep making yourselves beautiful, and share it with us!