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

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

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

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

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

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

Mila Kunis, Comic-Con

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

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

Kristen Stewart, Comic-Con

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

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

Kate Beckinsale at Comic-Con

Kate Beckinsale, Comic-Con

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

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

Tennis player Maria Sharapova on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

Tennis player Maria Sharapova on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

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

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

Maria Sharapova up close at the ESPY Awards

Maria Sharapova up close at the ESPY Awards

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

Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

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

Lindsey Vonn up close at the ESPY Awards

Lindsey Vonn up close at the ESPY Awards

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

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

Race Car Driver Danica Patrick on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

Race Car Driver Danica Patrick on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

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

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

Danica Patrick's makeup at the ESPY Awards

Danica Patrick’s makeup at the ESPY Awards

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

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

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

Snowboarder Jamie Anderson on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

Snowboarder Jamie Anderson on the ESPY Awards Red Carpet

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

Jamie Anderson up close at the ESPY Awards

Jamie Anderson up close at the ESPY Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stars on Parade: Beauty on the Red Carpet

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Keira Knightley in Valentino

Keira Knightley at the premiere of ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’

There were quite a few movie premieres, red carpet events, and awards shows going on all over the place in the last week. We cherry picked a few looks from here and there, but this is by no means something from every one! Celebs were turning out for the premieres of the new HBO series, Newsroom, and the movies  Rock of Ages (feel free to comment if there was something you want us to write about; we didn’t see anything to get excited about), To Rome With Love (Penelope Cruz looked fabulous in a golden Michael Kors gown), Ted (Mila Kunis looked so sexy in a plunging Dior mini), and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (Keira Knightley looked a-mazing in a taupe tulle Valentino embroidered with colorful flowers).

KEIRA KNIGHTLY

Keira’s makeup and hairpiece were by Chanel; Chanel’s makeup artist Katie Lee used some products that aren’t even available yet, like the shade of Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Abstraction that won’t be available until November.

Keira Knightley's makeup at the film premiere was by Chanel makeup artist Katie Lee

Chanel makeup artist Katie Lee did Keira Knightley’s makeup

But you can get a similar look right now by using Coral Cove from the Romance Variety Kit, a beautiful wash of summery coral rose and beige with a subtle chocolate liner, perfect for a romantic summer smoky look as delicate as a rose petal. Use a an eyeliner brush to pick up some of the extra creamy mineral shadow left on the clear cover sheet and line under the lower lashes as well. Lee curled Keira’s lashes and applied Chanel’s Inimitable waterproof mascara just at the base of her lashes, then applied a combination of individual false and strip lashes. With the built in liner in your ColorOn application, using multiple coats of mascara should suffice unless you are comfortable with applying false lashes (we’re all thumbs with the things).

Keira has fabulous brows that require nothing but grooming; if she needed to fix or fill them in, she’s be a BrowPro Full Dark.

Lee used a combination of Terry Rose De Rose cheek tint topped with Chanel Powder Blush in Tumulte for a pop of pink on the apples of her cheeks. She finished the look with Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in Liberte.

On top of the premieres, we had award shows – the Daytime Emmys (we’ll get to those next week), The Critics’ Choice Television Awards (ditto), Canada’s MuchMusic Video Awards, the 14th Annual Young Hollywood Awards, the Broadcast TV Journalists Association Critics’ Choice Awards, the 2012 Crystal + Lucy Awards, and some we probably didn’t hear about.

Canada’s MuchMusic Video Awards brought out some costume-y fashions, but it was accompanied by some rockin’ hair and makeup…

Carly Rae Jepsen at the MuchMusic VMAs

Carly Rae Jepsen at the MuchMusic VMAs

CARLY RAE JEPSEN

Carly Rae Jepsen, who up to this point has been getting some very favorable reviews for her sartorial choices at the various music award shows, veered off the tasteful path she’d been forging with this look: at first we thought it was leather, or pleather, but on further examination it appears to be one of those sparkly coated fabrics. The halter neckline and embellished collar, the double thigh-high slits, and the heavy panda eyeliner are quite the change for the “Call Me Maybe” singer.

Carly Rae Jepsen's MuchMusic makeup

Carly Rae Jepsen’s MuchMusic makeup

We suppose she’s tired of the “sweet young girl singer” label, but that’s how she’s been marketed. At 26, guess that’s starting to chafe a bit; we don’t believe she won “Canadian Idol,” but she did place in the Top 3, so we’re sure whatever record and management deal came out of that, it probably outlined exactly how she would be presented.

Anyway. The dress is meh, and her makeup is a bit hard; she should have gone with a softer look to balance out the biker/rocker vibe of the dress. She looked so much better at the Billboard Awards back in May. At least she kept to the rule: strong eyes, muted lips. If you like the look, you can get it by using ColorOn’s Noche from the Smoky Classics Variety Kit. Dab a bit of our Smooth Arctic Silver Shimmer loose mineral pigment in the inner corners of the eyes to brighten up the look, then line the inner rims of the eyes with black kohl. Add lots of black mascara, and a light touch of pink cream blush to the apples of the cheeks.

Finish with a slick of pink lip color; depending on your preference, you can go with one of the chubby pencil stains (Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain or Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Stain are great!), one of the gel glosses that wear longer and aren’t super shiny (Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain at the spendy end, and Maybelline New York SuperStay 10HR Stain Gloss at your drugstore), or a sheer lippie in a stain or sheer finish – just keep it close to your natural lip color, no shimmer, nothing too bright or dramatic. This look is about the eyes.

Katy Perry in VAWK at the MuchMusic VMAs in Toronto

Katy Perry in VAWK at the MuchMusic VMAs

KATY PERRY

Sporting another biker/rocker/warrior princess (Fashion Critic over at Red Carpet Fashion Awards referred to it as “futuristic gladiator”) look was Katy Perry, who is maintaining the deep purple hair, even though we believe this particular look to be a wig (the bangs, the variegated black and purple stripes, and the extreme length are dead giveaways; Katy’s hair before and after this event lacked all three). Now, this is a couture gown from VAWK’s Resort 2012 collection (whereas Carly’s dress looks like it came from Hot Topic – sorry, Carly fans, we know it didn’t and probably cost more than we’d spend on all the dresses we’d buy in an entire YEAR, but it looks cheap), comprised of a black mini dress with a gold laser-cut halter bib (which one could see right through, showing off Katy’s famous assets), and a flowing chiffon skirt that fell from an empire waist. We thought it was well-suited to Katy, and was an improvement over some of her previous choices; she was there to perform, but she also collected two awards for “Favorite International Artist” and “International Video of the Year,” so maybe this gown had to be appropriate for both? We didn’t research long enough to find out whether this was strictly her red-carpet look.

Moving on. We like Katy’s makeup so much better ever since she went Purple Velvet (as her colorist Rita Hazan named it). One thing we will say for Katy: she lavishes attention on her brows. If your brows do not look like this, add BrowPro in the proper color and thickness to you next order, stat (Katy is a Full Dark, of course). Instead of multiple products or expensive all-in-one brow kits containing gel, pencils, powders, wax, and brow-shaping stencils (all of which Katy’s makeup artist likely uses to get such perfect shape and symmetry), all you need is ColorOn’s all-in-one-application BrowPro, which colors, defines, shapes, and holds the eyebrows in place.

Katy's MuchMusic makeup

Katy’s MuchMusic makeup

As for her eye makeup, it’s quite subtle – and pretty. You can get a similar look with ColorOn’s Finesse  from the Eye Envy Rhapsody in Grey Kit, a smoky sunset palette of delicate rose shading to plush grey that blend into a smoked violet in the crease. Dip an eyeliner brush in either our Smooth Black Star Gold Shimmer (for a more bronzed shade) or Smooth Monarch Gold Shimmer (for a true 14-karat gold) loose mineral pigments and line under the lower lashes. Depending on your preference, you can either use a black liquid liner, or our Smooth Black Shimmer and a wet eyeliner brush, to draw a heavy swooped line along the upper lash line, flicking it up at the outer corners.

Katy’s plush lash look calls for either eyelash extensions, a strip of false lashes, or many coats of black mascara. Pick up the rosy tones of from Finesse with a touch of a matte cream blush in a flushed rose, and finish the look with a rose lip liner and matching shimmer-free, satin-finish lipstick.    

Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier at the Young Hollywood Awards

Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhuillier at the Young Hollywood Awards

GINNIFER GOODWIN

Ginnifer Goodwin rocked bright pink lips at the Young Hollywood Awards, where she won the “Style Icon Award” – an accolade we think she definitely deserves. The Once Upon a Time and Big Love star looked amazing in a demure white lace Monique Lhuillier Resort 2013 dress and black Louboutin pumps, with her signature pixie cut and hot pink matte lips.

Ginnifer's always-perfect makeup

Ginnifer’s always-perfect makeup

Keeping to the “strong lip, soft eye” rule, you can recreate Ginnifer’s subtle eye makeup by using Bermuda from the Eye Envy Flaunt Variety Kit, a creamy sundae for the eye with yummy pink and cool beige topped with a dark chocolate liner.

Curl your lashes, and add mascara – one coat on the lower lashes, and multiple coats on the upper lashes. Ginnifer’s brows are always perfectly groomed and filled with brow powder; she’s a BrowPro Medium Dark.

Ginnifer’s snow-white complexion (how could we resist?) needs only the barest hint of a creamy pink blush to give her a pop of color in the same family as her lips. It is blended well, up and out along the cheekbone toward the temple.

To Get Ginnifer’s matte pink lips try Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar  in Anime or NARS Schiap.

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

Emma Stone in Rome

Bottega Veneta, Rome

Emma's Rome makeup

Rome makeup

EMMA STONE

Emma Stone has been taking Europe and Asia by storm over the last 10 days, attending the overseas premieres of The Amazing Spiderman – most recently…

…in Rome, dressed in a stunning Bottega Veneta Fall 2012 gown

Emma Stone, Dolce & Gabbana, Madrid

Dolce & Gabbana, Madrid

…in Madrid wearing a Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012 crochet and embroidered dress

Emma's Madrid makeup

Madrid makeup

…in Berlin, clad in a chic custom-made Andrew Gn white cocktail dress

Emma, Andrew Gn, Berlin

Andrew Gn, Berlin

…in Paris, wearing a Gucci Fall 2012 gown, the “goth” look that has been most controversial

Emma's Berlin makeup

Berlin makeup

…in London dressed in a plunging Elie Saab jumpsuit from his Fall 2012 collection

…in Moscow wearing a sheer pale blue Emilio Pucci Fall 2012 dress

…Seoul, South Korea dressed in a Fendi Pre-Fall 2012 black-and-grey on white print mini dress critics didn’t favor

Emma, Gucci, Paris

Gucci, Paris

Emma's Paris makeup

Paris makeup

…and starting out in Tokyo in a truly unfortunate Rochas “pouf” dress; but the sparkly pink Louboutins were wonderful.

Emma, Elie Saab, London

Elie Saab, London

Emma's London makeup

London makeup

On top of the premiere outfits, there were her photo call ensembles, which were generally reviewed very favorably.

Emma, Pucci, Moscow

Pucci, Moscow

Moscow makeup

Moscow makeup

But imagine traveling to that many cities one day after the next, enthusiastically promoting the movie over and over like each time was the first — and remember, they’ve ALREADY DONE THIS in the U.S. — answering the same questions about the movie and her relationship with her co-star (and now significant other) Andrew Garfield, and having her makeup, hair, and clothing under the microscope of every fashion critic from the traditional print outlets, TV, and the blogosphere.

Fendi, Seoul

Fendi, Seoul

Seoul makeup

Seoul makeup

Yes, it’s her job, but that doesn’t make it easier. You have to give the woman points for incredible poise – she’s only 23.

Rochas, Tokyo

Rochas, Tokyo

Tokyo makeup

Tokyo makeup

So, here are the outfits, and some tighter shots of her makeup and hair (be sure to click and open the images to full size!). Enjoy them as much as we have, and have a beautiful week.

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!

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

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Derek Lam by Tom Pechaux

Derek Lam by Tom Pecheux

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

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

Derek Lam by Tom Pechaux

Derek Lam by Tom Pecheux

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

Barbie. Seriously,

Barbie. Seriously.

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

Narciso Rodriguez

Narciso Rodriguez

Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott

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

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

Prabal Gurung by Charlotte Tilbury

Prabal Gurung by Charlotte Tilbury

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

Anna Sui by Pat McGrath

Anna Sui by Pat McGrath

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

Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe

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

Zac Posen

Zac Posen

Gemma Kahng

Gemma Kahng

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

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

Cushnie et Ochs, yes!

Cushnie et Ochs, yes!

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

Cushnie et Ochs, no!

Cushnie et Ochs, no!

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

L'Wren Scott by Aaron de Mey

L'Wren Scott by Aaron de Mey

Phillip Lim 3.1 by Francelle Daly

Phillip Lim 3.1 by Francelle Daly

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

Jill Stuart

Jill Stuart

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler

Oscar de la Renta by Gucci Westman

Oscar de la Renta by Gucci Westman

Love It: Announcing we have another name to add to the Winners Circle — Julie Swett of Corvallis, Montana. She’ll be watching her mailbox for the free 10-application Custom Kit we’ll be sending her. As always, we encourage our Winners Circle members to post their experiences on our Facebook Fan Page once they’ve had time to play with their new makeup, so that all of you get the benefit of real feedback on the products. Not an eVIP? Sign up now on the website.

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

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

The Golden Globes: Plenty of Smoke and Color; Winner’s Circle

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Emma Stone/Gettty Images

Emma Stone/Gettty Images

The Golden Globe Awards are the opening act of the year’s award show season, and with the exception of a few major missteps (which will be so well-dissected in the press that those poor celebs will NEVER make the same mistake again), everyone looked really lovely – much more so that we remember from last year.

One makeup trend we enjoyed was the use of color to create the smoky eye – and one purely perfect example of last week’s color trend we blogged about: rose and gold. We also chose a range of hair colors, skin tones, and ages – all are gorgeous, yes, but the real world isn’t all statuesque blondes, is it?

Everything Shade BUT Black: Emma Stone’s smoky eyes were created with shades of silver, pewter, and platinum, with black added only as a liner and mascara. The effect was stunning with her bright green eyes, and further accentuated by her deep plum Lanvin gown (remember, plum is opposite green on the color wheel, so they are the perfect complement to one another). To create the same look with ColorOn, start with a base of Platinum and Pearls instant eye shadow from the Metallics Variety Kit — the cool shine of silvery platinum and shimmering white give this simple combination an edgy depth – then layer on our Smooth Patina Silver Shimmer loose mineral pigment, a medium-grey gunmetal shimmer in the crease for depth and under the lower lashes. Complete the look with a thin line of our Smooth Black Shimmer along the lash line, and plenty of black mascara.  And like Emma, with eye makeup this intense, keep the rest of the face simple with a touch a baby pink blush and a muted pink lip with a hint of shimmer.

Laura Linney/Getty Images

Laura Linney/Getty Images

Sunrise Skies: Laura Linney was a monochromatic vision in a periwinkle blue – her gown, her gorgeous earrings and her eye makeup all brought out the intense true blue of her sparkling eyes. By wearing a shade of blue that had distinctly lilac tones, it offset her blue eyes and brought out the bit of yellow and green one would otherwise never have noticed. To achieve the same effect, use ColorOn’s Finesse instant eye shadow, pop of cool lilac and soft grey, like the early morning tropical skies, from the Eye Envy Rhapsody in Grey Variety Kit. Use an eyeliner brush to take the extra creamy mineral shadow left on the clear cover to extend the shadow below the bottom lashes as well. As a woman “of a certain age” the eyes become more deep set, so a contour shade in the crease usually isn’t necessary. Just plenty of black mascara, and picking up the variety of warm tones in her blonde hair, a pale peach cream blush and warm peach glossy lipstick complete her look.

Viola Davis/Getty Images

Viola Davis/Getty Images

Violets for Viola: The lovely Viola Davis was another who chose to create a monochromatic look in various tones and shades of violet, from her pale violet gown to her smoky violet and plum eye makeup. ColorOn is perfect for deep skin tones, as our mineral makeup has an intense color payoff. To recreate Violet’s eye makeup, start with ColorOn’s Fairy Pink, a sexy smoky eye in shades of dusky pink, smoky deep, and rich merlot for a sensual look, from the Dreams Variety Kit. To add the deepest shade near her upper lash line, you could opt for the traditional and use our Smooth Black Shimmer loose mineral pigment, or try our Smooth Black Star Red Shimmer, a black and red shimmer than becomes a gorgeous dark golden blackened lilac. Nothing else but mascara is needed, with two coats on top. Viola’s gorgeous skin only requires a bit of bronzer as contour, and a crystal shimmer gloss on her shapely lips.

Madeline Stowe/Getty Images

Madeline Stowe/Getty Images

Smokey Mauve: Madeline Stowe also sticks with the cardinal rule of strong eye/soft lip, creating her smoky eye in shades of pink, mauve and chocolate, offsetting her deep brown eyes and signature long brunette locks. ColorOn’s El Instant eye shadow, a gradient soft pink and chocolate brown that combine to create a smoky mauve, found in the Smokey Classics and Bestsellers Variety Kits, will perfectly reproduce the same smoldering look. A touch of chocolate brown eyeliner dotted among the lower lashes is a softer look that a harsh line, and lots of black mascara – with two coats on the outer third – will create a similar cat’s eye effect without the drawn on and extended eyeliner. Madeline repeats the mauve tones on her blush and creamy opaque lipstick, but sticking to the paler end of the spectrum.

Sharon Osborne/Getty Images

Sharon Osborne/Getty Images

Rose and Gold: The irrepressible Sharon Osborne wore last week’s featured color trend, hot off the Spring 2012 runways – rose and gold. So did Evan Rachel Wood (who looked absolutely stunning), but isn’t it wonderful to see how it plays out on someone who isn’t 23, built like a runway model, and dressed in a plunging  halter Gucci gown made of sequins, scales, and peacock feathers that literally looked like a REAL peacock? Sharon pulled the makeup shades equally as well, with a softness than lets you know it’s a look that plays at every age. Start with ColorOn instant eye shadow in Pink Lemonade, a sunny combination of yellow and coral from the Naturally Cooler Variety Kit, and dust with our Smooth Monarch Gold Shimmer for a pure golden sparkle, or if you prefer to just wear the rose on your lips and cheeks, use ColorOn’s 14-Karat instant eye shadow from the Metallics Variety Kit. Add black mascara. Finish with your rosy blush of choice (and we think the cream and mousse formulas are brilliant on more mature skins), then top it all off with a creamy rose lipstick. Leave the glosses to the twenty-somethings who haven’t a line anywhere near their lips and don’t mind re-applying it all night.

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

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

Have a beautiful week!

Welcome to 2012: Color Report and the Winner’s Circle

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Lady Gaga in Green on the cover of Elle

Lady Gaga in Green on the cover of Elle

Seafoam green shadow at Aquilano Rimondi

Seafoam green shadow at Aquilano Rimondi

Welcome to 2012, ColorOn fans! This is our first Winner’s Circle of the year, but first we thought we’d bring you a color report on what are going to be the hot eye shadow trends for the next few months.

Mint/Seafoam Green: As seen on Lady Gaga’s Elle cover for January and on the Spring 2012 runway at Aquilano Rimondi, bright green is going to be big.

Most beauty editors are showing it as a matte or in combination with lightly pearly sheens, but this is not an in-your-face look.

ColorOn's Envy

Envy

Try Color On’s Envy, a gradient green and yellow combination from the Naturally Warmer Variety Kit for lighter skin tones.

ColorOn's Amazon

Amazon

Amazon, a more verdant green and lemon combination from the Painted Desert Variety Kit, for deeper skin.

Intensely amethyst!

Intensely amethyst!

Amethyst: This multi-colored look (similar to the look worn on Victoria Beckham’s Spring 2012 runway) features three different shades of the jewel tone in the classic pattern of highlighter under the browbone, deepest shade in the crease, and the brightest pop on the eyelid.

ColorOn's Lost in Space

Lost in Space

Smooth Purple Royale Shimmer

Smooth Purple Royale Shimmer

For a similar look, try ColorOn’s Lost in Space, a combination of shimmer pink, cobalt, dusky sapphire, and hot violet from the Eye Envy Odyssey Variety Kit, blending well. To get the same level of shine, add our Smooth Purple Royale Shimmer loose mineral pigment.

Beautifully bronze at Robert Cavalli

Beautifully bronze at Robert Cavalli

Bronze: At Roberto Cavalli’s Spring 2012 show, bronzed eyes and nude lips were the order of the day.

ColorOn's Bronze Goddess

Bronze Goddess

For this subtle look pictured, use ColorOn’s Bronze Goddess, where shimmery gold and glimmering deep brown combine to create a rich bronzed sheen.

For the more intense looks Cavalli showed, use Lava, a hot and shimmery gradient black and gold metallic, both from the Metallics Variety Kit.

ColorOn's Lava

Lava

Other bright eye makeup looks include yellow eyeliner (Peter Som); orange eyeliner (Derek Lam); violet, teal and chartreuse eyeliner (Loewe); red eyeshadow (Carolina Herrera); matte turquoise eyeshadow (Oscar de la Renta);  fuchsia eyeshadow (Nina Ricci); sparkly leaf green eyeshadow (Alberta Ferretti); and dozens of variations on gold eyeshadow and liner.

And our first eVIP of the year to be pulled at random into the Winners Circle for a free 10-application Custom Kit is Kristy DePalma of Sycamore, Illinois. She’ll be watching her mailbox next to see what beautiful surprise we send her. As always, we encourage our Winners Circle members to post their experiences on our Facebook Fan Page once they’ve had time to play with their new makeup, so that all of you get the benefit of real feedback on the products.

Be on the lookout for some special Valentine’s Kits – we’ll be debuting them very soon. Until then, have a gorgeous week!