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

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NARS Schiap Lipstick, named after fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli

NARS Schiap Lipstick, named after fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli

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

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

Camilla Belle, Getty

Camilla Belle, Getty

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

Jessica Alba, Getty

Jessica Alba, Getty

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

Amber Heard, Getty

Amber Heard, Getty

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

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

Chloe Sevigny, Getty

Chloe Sevigny, Getty

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

Moving on.

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

January Jones/Getty Images

January Jones, Getty Images

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

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

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

Amy Poehler/Getty Images

Amy Poehler, Getty Images

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

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

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

Ginnifer Goodwin, Getty Images

Ginnifer Goodwin, Getty Images

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

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

Emily Blunt, Getty Images

Emily Blunt, Getty Images

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

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

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

Cameron Diaz, Getty Images

Cameron Diaz, Getty Images

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

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

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

Sarah Jessica Parker, Getty Images

Sarah Jessica Parker, Getty Images

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

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

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

The outfit’s high point? Cool bracelets.

Anna Wintour, Getty Images

Anna Wintour, Getty Images

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

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

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

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

Celebrity Brows, Part 3: Fully Loaded…

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Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

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

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

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

Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger

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

Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese

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

Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen

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

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

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

Kate Bosworth

Kate Bosworth

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

Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara

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

Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara

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

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

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

In three popular shapes:

  • Thin
  • Medium
  • Full

Why ColorOn BrowPro?

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

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

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

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

Have an amazing week!

Celebrity Brows, Part 2: Medium Done Well…

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Ginnifer Goodwin

Ginnifer Goodwin

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

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

The Blondes:

Stacy Keibler

Stacy Keibler

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

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow

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

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks

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

The Redheads:

Emma Stone

Emma Stone

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

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain

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

Kate Mara

Kate Mara

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

The Brunettes:

Milla Jovovich

Milla Jovovich

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

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana

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

Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock

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

And HOW we digress.

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

Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale

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

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

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

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

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

In three popular shapes:

  • Thin
  • Medium
  • Full

Why ColorOn BrowPro?

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrity Brows, Part 1: Thin Is In…

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Malin Ackerman

Malin Ackerman, pretty in hot pink...

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

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

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

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

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson

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

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

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

Berenice Bejo

Berenice Bejo

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

Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz

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

Kate Hudson

Kate Hudson

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

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

Well, yes, moving on.

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

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

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

Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde

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

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

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

In three popular shapes:

  • Thin
  • Medium
  • Full

Why ColorOn BrowPro?

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

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

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

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

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

We’ll Be Seeing You in Blue, Too…

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Backstage at Sonia Rykiel Paris Fashion Week F/W 2012

Backstage at Sonia Rykiel Paris Fashion Week F/W 2012

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

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

Selena Gomez/Getty Images

Selena Gomez/Getty Images

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

Kristen Stewart/Getty Images

Kristen Stewart/Getty Images

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

Heidi Klum, now.../Getty Images

Heidi Klum, now...

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

Heidi Klum, then...

Heidi Klum, then...

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

Katy Perry/Getty Images

Katy Perry/Getty Images

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

Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer

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

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera

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

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

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

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

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

Paris Fashion Week: Bedazzled Brows and Dazzling Eyes

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Manish Arora

Manish Arora

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

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

Smoky Eyes/Nude Lips…

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

Costume National

Costume National

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

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

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

Givenchy

Givenchy

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

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

Jean Charles de Castelbajac

Jean Charles de Castelbajac

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

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

John Galliano

John Galliano

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

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

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

Kanye West

Kanye West

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


Haider Ackerman

Haider Ackerman

Soft Eye/Strong Lips…

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

Julien David

Julien David

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

Kenzo

Kenzo

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

Nina Ricci

Nina Ricci

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

Viktor & Rolf

Viktor & Rolf

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

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

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent

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


The Soft/No Makeup Look…

Christian Dior, model #1

Christian Dior, model #1

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

Christian Dior, model #2

Christian Dior, model #2

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

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

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

Vanessa Bruno

Vanessa Bruno

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

Gareth Pugh

Gareth Pugh

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

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

Leonard

Leonard

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

Paul & Joe

Paul & Joe

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

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

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

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant

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

Chanel

Chanel

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

It’s All about Color…

This part is mostly just for fun.

Akris

Akris

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

Manish Arora

Manish Arora

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

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

Miu Miu

Miu Miu

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

Yang Du

Yang Du

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

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

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

Have a simply gorgeous week…

Mondo Milano, BrowPro, Winners Circle

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Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

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

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

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

Blumarine

Blumarine

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

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

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

Etro

Etro

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

Gianfranco Ferre

Gianfranco Ferre

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

Gucci

Gucci

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

Moschino Cheap & Chic

Moschino Cheap & Chic

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

Normaluisa

Normaluisa

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

Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli

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

Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo

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

Now, for the looks that drew laughs…

Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta

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

Byblos

Byblos

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

Fendi

Fendi

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

Prada

Prada

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

Versace

Versace

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

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

Next up, BrowPro.

BrowPro Thin Brows in Light

BrowPro Thin Brows in Light

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

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

BrowPro Medium Brows in Brown

In three popular shapes:

  • Thin
  • Medium
  • Full
BrowPro Dark Brows in Full

BrowPro Dark Brows in Full

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hollywood's Most Coveted Brows: Angelina Jolie

Hollywood's Most Coveted Brows: Angelina Jolie

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

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

In three popular shapes:

  • Thin
  • Medium
  • Full
BrowPro Dark Brows in Full

BrowPro Dark Brows in Full

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

SUGGESTED USAGE:

BrowPro Medium Brows in Brown

BrowPro Medium Brows in Brown

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

BrowPro Thin Brows in Light

BrowPro Thin Brows in Light

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

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

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

Why ColorOn BrowPro?

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

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

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!