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Where There’s Smoke…

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Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai

Yes, the 2012 Cannes Film Festival is history, but the pictures live on and on. Last week, we turned the spotlight on Freida Pinto’s run of fabulous makeup looks at the prestigious film gathering, as well as the bright lip trend. This week, as promised, we’ll show you some of the coolest/hottest smoky eyes from Cannes. They really ran the gamut from the classic heavy black-and-winged look to much more light-handed metallic looks that are easily adapted to real life.

First we have the Bollywood actress often labeled “the most beautiful woman in the world,” (we can get behind that assessment!), Aishwarya Rai. The former Miss World is at the center of a global controversy that started when her country’s press took her to task  for not losing weight quickly enough after the birth of her child, one even going so far as to post a video of pre- and post-pregnancy photos complete with elephants trumpeting. We found this astounding; as horribly judgmental, unsourced, and even dishonest as the U.S. gossip press can be, none of them will go directly on record to state so baldly that a celebrity is a poor representative of America due to her weight and that she has a DUTY to slim down quickly. Then again, the articles essentially say Aishwarya should follow the lead of Victoria Beckham and Angelina Jolie, who lost their baby weight in record time after the birth of their children – as if this is a realistic goal for ANYONE, ANYWHERE.

Aishwarya Rai's makeup

Aishwarya Rai’s makeup

And what does that have to do with makeup?

Not much; look at her! She is gorgeous. In fact, she is at Cannes this year as L’Oreal’s global representative – that’s right, she’s at Cannes not as an actress with a film in the competition, but as the face of a cosmetics company. If L’Oreal thinks she represents beauty, perhaps the media ought to just shut it. Her golden smoky eye is the perfect counterpoint to her traditional Indian evening wear, exotic coloring, unusual blue/gray eyes, and raven hair and brows. A perfect look for nighttime, you could wear the same eye makeup for day with just a bit less shimmer. Start with ColorOn’s Ibiza from the Eye Envy Smoky Variety Kit, a smoky nude comprised of gradient beige and brown. Then brush our Smooth Monarch Gold Shimmer loose mineral pigment, a bright yellow-gold that looks like 14-karat dust, on the inner half of the upper eyelids. Add plenty of real black kohl on the upper and lower inner rims of the eyes, and loads of black mascara. If your brows are not as dense and groomed as Aishwarya’s, use our BrowPro instant eyebrow applicators in the proper shade and thickness to color, define, shape, and hold the eyebrows in place.

Diane Kruger & Joshua Jackson at amFar

Diane Kruger in Chanel at amFar

When eyes are the focal point of your look, the rules must be followed: strong eyes, muted lips; strong lips, muted eyes. So, just a swirl of matte bronzer for contour, and a peachy/nude gloss, and this look is done.

Next, we have two different looks from Diane Kruger, who was a member of Feature Film Jury this year and truly the fashion star of the entire event, as well as the official “face” of the myriad events that took place during the 12 days of Cannes. She sported two metallic smoky eye looks that are perfect for summer: one a palette of silver, the other bronzed.

Diane's amFAR makeup

Diane’s amFAR makeup

At the amFAR Cinema Against AIDS event (the same event that Aishwarya Rai attended with her golden smoky eyes), Diane complemented her Chanel Resort 2013 Versailles LWD with its cap-sleeves, fit-and-flare cut, and lilac and white embroidered embellishments (very Mad Men-era!) and early Sixities-era finger-waved hairstyle with a modern-day eye look comprised of delicate silvers tending to an almost silvery blue at its deepest shade – a perfect match to Diane’s own eye color. To get a similar look, start with ColorOn’s Platinum & Pearls from the Metallics Variety Kit, the cool shine of silvery platinum and shimmering white giving this simple combination an edgy depth. Then layer on Smooth Patina Silver Shimmer loose mineral pigment on the outer third of the eyelid up onto the browbone, and below the lower lashes for a smokier, deeper silver. Her makeup artist added black kohl to the inner rims of the upper and lower eyelids, and after curling her lashes, added a single coat of black mascara top and bottom, and then a second coat to the outer third of the upper lashes. Diane’s naturally full brows were groomed and filled a bit; she’d be a BrowPro Full Light. Finish the look with the barest hint of a delicate pink flush on the cheeks, and a matching sheer pink gloss.

Diane & Joshua at Night in Monaco event

Diane in Prabal Gurung at “Night in Monaco”

For the Nights in Monaco Party Diane chose a less formal makeup look, with a slightly tousled updo and a warm palette to offset her avante garde Prabal Gurung frock with its white feathered skirt, studded white leather belt, and sheer white mesh bodice with strategically placed embroidered golden satin roses and sequined vines.

Diane's Night in Monaco makeup

Diane’s “Night in Monaco” makeup

Her eye makeup picks up the metallic embellishments the bodice and her wild bronze platforms. Star with ColorOn’s Bronze Goddess from the Metallics Variety Kit, a combination of shimmery gold and glimmering deep brown that combine to create a rich bronzed look. Confine your application to the upper kid and brow bone, blending to wing the shadows up and out toward the temple and almost meet the tail of the brow. Lightly line the inner rims of the upper and lower lid with a smoky brown kohl, and add black mascara to curled lashes, once again adding a second coat to the outer third of the upper lashes. Diane’s makeup artists went for a slightly more flushed cheek and lip, but stayed in the same sheer pink/nude family – just a bit more intense, but still sheer.

Natasha Poly at the Holy Motors premiere

Natasha Poly at the Holy Motors premiere

Model Natasha Poly seemed to be everywhere at Cannes; she was in a shocking number of pictures for someone who is primarily a runway mannequin and not the face of a cosmetics brand or clothing line. But she does have the “Angelina Leg” pose down; in fact, she pretty much out-Angelina’d Ms. Jolie in every shot we saw. On top of which, Natasha has a fondness for plunging necklines, sheer dresses with strategically placed scatterings of sequins, massive cutouts that seem to be held together through sheer force of will, or a combination of all of the above. What’s always amusing when you have so many images from an event like this is how often you discover that some personalities have a signature pose. And that’s what they do; they can drop into this pose regardless of the angle, the outfit, or the event. Natasha has this uncanny ability, and the image here of her actually smiling and showing her teeth is emphatically NOT her signature pose. Google her pictures from Cannes if you want to see what we mean; it’s the model equivalent of Paris Hilton’s hipshot, chin-down, hand-on-hip, slouchy pose that she could do no matter the time of day or state of inebriation.

Anyway.

Natasha Poly at Madagascar 3 premiere

Natasha Poly at Madagascar 3 premiere

That’s Natasha at the premiere of the film Holy Motors, a French film starring Denis Lavant, American actress Eva Mendes, and Australian singer Kylie Minogue. She pairs a very on-trend, casually messy side-braid (a fishtail, so it’s even trendier; however, we can’t do one, so who are we to cast any aspersions?) with a very on-trend smoky eye: the elongated, up-tilted shape with a touch of metallic green. You can get a similar look by using ColorOn’s Ikonik instant eye shadow, a shimmery mink-brown prism with a pop of lustrous glittering green, which is only available in our Custom Kits. Angle the applicator just slightly so that you get the right sweep from the inner corner out and up. Use an eyeliner brush to take the extra creamy mineral shadow from the cover film and apply below the lower lash line (you can use the brown, the green, or a combination of the two). Line the inner rims of the upper and lower lids with black kohl and add black mascara. Groom your brows, and like Natasha, avoid any other shimmer on the face by adding only the barest hint of a matte peach blush and a clear peachy gloss.

Natasha's Madagascar 3 makeup

Natasha’s Madagascar 3 makeup

At the premiere of the animated children’s film, Madagascar 3, the ladies arrived in the most revealing, non-G-rated outfits possible (see Salma Hayek, next). Broad daylight notwithstanding, Natsha’s floor-length, daring V-neck (really, v-waist to be technically accurate) green velvet Gucci gown with its thigh-high slit was paired gigantic emerald-and-diamond drop earrings (they certainly looked real) and even smokier eyes. Try ColorOn’s Heavy Metal instant eye shadow, a gorgeous prism of shimmering dark chocolate and twinkling onyx — rocking this look is NOT for the faint of heart. Again, this one is only available in our Custom Kits. Angle the applicator just slightly so that you get the right sweep from the inner corner out and up. Use a heavier brush this time to take the extra creamy mineral shadow from the cover film and apply below the lower lash line. Line the inner rims of the upper and lower lids with black kohl and add black mascara. Groom your brows, and like Natasha, go even lighter on the rest of the face with color; she didn’t even use pech with this look – she went with true nude blush and a nude satin lipstick so there wasn’t even a high-gloss shine on her lips. Her nakeup artist did, however, add some filler to her brows to offset such dark eye makeup and such severely slicked-back blonde tresses.

Salma Hayek at Madagascar 3 premiere

Salma Hayek at Madagascar 3 premiere

Finally, our last smoky look comes from Salma Hayek, whose marriage to Francois-Henri Pinault gives her, among other very nice things, access to a wardrobe anyone with even the mildest fashion aspirations would possibly kill (or at least main) to have. So, of course Salma wore Gucci every time she was photographed at Cannes (which was A LOT), and this black-and-silver metallic Gucci Premiere gown was the absolute crème de la crème. Perhaps only Salma could break the cardinal rule and not get called out for it – this is about the smokiest of smoky eyes, and she’s paired it a strong cheek color and a brick-red lip. Planets did not collide, there was no rift in the space/time continuum, but we can agree that if anyone else tried this, every beauty editor and blogger would have torn her a proverbial new one, no?

Salma's Madagascar 3 makeup

Salma’s Madagascar 3 makeup

Feel free to contradict us, but be ready to cite exactly who you think could get away with it and why.

Want to try Salma’s eye makeup? Start with ColorOn’s Noche from the Eye Envy Smoky Variety Kit, blending the deep black shadows outward toward the temple, just past the tail of the brow. Add black kohl on the upper and lower inner rims, and tons of black mascara. Salma’s makeup artist used a matte bronzer that had reddish undertones, but applied it low on the cheekbone, more like a contour. Her look was finished with a glossy warm brick-red lip that was sheer enough to still contrast with the opacity of the smoky eye.

And there you have it – c’est magnifique! The MTV Movie Awards are starting momentarily, and the CFDA Fashion Awards are tomorrow night, so we’ll have plenty of material for the next blog. Have a wonderful week…

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

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NARS Schiap Lipstick, named after fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli

NARS Schiap Lipstick, named after fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli

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

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

Camilla Belle, Getty

Camilla Belle, Getty

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

Jessica Alba, Getty

Jessica Alba, Getty

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

Amber Heard, Getty

Amber Heard, Getty

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

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

Chloe Sevigny, Getty

Chloe Sevigny, Getty

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

Moving on.

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

January Jones/Getty Images

January Jones, Getty Images

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

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

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

Amy Poehler/Getty Images

Amy Poehler, Getty Images

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

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

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

Ginnifer Goodwin, Getty Images

Ginnifer Goodwin, Getty Images

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

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

Emily Blunt, Getty Images

Emily Blunt, Getty Images

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

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

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

Cameron Diaz, Getty Images

Cameron Diaz, Getty Images

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

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

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

Sarah Jessica Parker, Getty Images

Sarah Jessica Parker, Getty Images

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

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

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

The outfit’s high point? Cool bracelets.

Anna Wintour, Getty Images

Anna Wintour, Getty Images

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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Derek Lam by Tom Pechaux

Derek Lam by Tom Pecheux

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

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

Derek Lam by Tom Pechaux

Derek Lam by Tom Pecheux

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

Barbie. Seriously,

Barbie. Seriously.

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

Narciso Rodriguez

Narciso Rodriguez

Jeremy Scott

Jeremy Scott

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

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

Prabal Gurung by Charlotte Tilbury

Prabal Gurung by Charlotte Tilbury

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

Anna Sui by Pat McGrath

Anna Sui by Pat McGrath

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

Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe

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

Zac Posen

Zac Posen

Gemma Kahng

Gemma Kahng

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

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

Cushnie et Ochs, yes!

Cushnie et Ochs, yes!

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

Cushnie et Ochs, no!

Cushnie et Ochs, no!

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

L'Wren Scott by Aaron de Mey

L'Wren Scott by Aaron de Mey

Phillip Lim 3.1 by Francelle Daly

Phillip Lim 3.1 by Francelle Daly

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

Jill Stuart

Jill Stuart

Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler

Oscar de la Renta by Gucci Westman

Oscar de la Renta by Gucci Westman

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

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

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

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

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Olivia Palermo/InStyle.com

Olivia Palermo/InStyle.com

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

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

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

Jayma Mays/InStyle.com

Jayma Mays/InStyle.com

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

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

Mila Kunis/InStyle.com

Mila Kunis/InStyle.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sexy Valentine in Blue

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

Sexy Valentine in Green

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

Sexy Valentine in Pink

Metallic Silver Glitter

Metallic Silver Glitter

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Limited Edition Valentine Kits and Friday Winners Circle

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

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

It’s that time: ColorOn has another set of Limited Edition Kits, this time for Valentines Day. The three kits: Lavender Love, Sweet Heart, and Sexy Valentine, come with everything you need to create a special look for this especially romantic holiday.

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

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

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

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

Sexy Valentine in Green

Sexy Valentine in Green

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

Sexy Valentine in Pink

Sexy Valentine in Pink

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

Sexy Valentine in Blue

Sexy Valentine in Blue

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

Metallic Silver Glitter

Metallic Silver Glitter

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

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

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

Now, the Winner’s Circle. This week’s lucky eVIP to win our random drawing for a free 10-application Custom Kit is Janet Green of Medford, Oregon. 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 fashionable week!

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Winners Circle and Winter Holiday Kits

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Blue Diamonds

Blue Diamonds

Happy Friday, ColorOn fans! We’re fast approaching Christmas, and the time is drawing short to order your Winter Holiday Kits. We have this year’s two fabulous new Variety Kits, Diamonds on Parade and Winter’s Veil, as well as a limited number of last year’s Eye EnvyTinsel Variety Kit. Let’s review!

Black Diamonds

Black Diamonds

Chocolate Diamonds

Chocolate Diamonds

Diamonds on Parade: Our new Winter 2011 Holiday Kit, Diamonds on Parade, brings you five intricate, diamond-faceted instant eye shadow looks comprised of an intricate play of colors that will make you look like the precious gem you are at your next holiday event, whether it’s a gathering with the family or ringing in the New Year.

Canary Diamonds

Canary Diamonds

Red Diamonds

Red Diamonds

This kit comes with Blue Diamonds, Black Diamonds, Chocolate Diamonds, Canary Diamonds, and Red Diamonds, as well as our shimmering Get Set Powder #2 and a pot of our ColorOn Metallic Glitter in Silver.

Mysterious Veil

Mysterious Veil

Veiled Moon

Veiled Moon

Winter’s Veil: Our second Holiday 2011 kit, Winter’s Veil, brings you five gorgeous photorealistic , feminine lace patterns, ranging from seductive gold lace on black to elegant Venetian green lace on gold; from bright white lace on deep blue to gothic black lace on pink or white.

Venetian Veil

Venetian Veil

Winter Pink Veil

Winter Pink Veil

This kit comes with Mysterious Veil, Veiled Moon, Venetian Veil, Winter Pink Veil, and Winter Black Lace, shimmering Get Set Powder #2 and a pot of our ColorOn Metallic Glitter in Silver.

Winter Black Lace

Winter Black Lace

Eye Envy Tinsel: Happy Holidays, and welcome back, Eye Envy Tinsel Variety Kit!

Winter Skies

Winter Skies

Snow Flurry

Snow Flurry

Celebrate the season with five fun and frolicking looks: Winter Skies, Snow Flurry, Silver Bells, Mistletoe, and Holiday Riches. Available for a limited time, so stock up now!

Silver Bells

Silver Bells

Mistletoe

Mistletoe

For application tips and techniques, check out the FAQs on our website, or watch our application video.

Holiday Riches

Holiday Riches

Remember, every day we are further into the height of the holiday shipping season, and the United States Postal Service is projecting a record year. We use the USPS as our shipper with two options: ground shipping (free for all orders) or Priority Mail for faster delivery. However, once your package leaves us, delivery time will be the best the USPS can do and we are not responsible for their delays. So, order early!!

And last but NEVER least, we have the Winners Circle! This week’s eVIP recipient of a free 10-application Custom Kit is Denise Weinstock of Weston, Florida. She’ll be watching her mailbox next to see what beautiful surprise we send her. We’re encouraging 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.

We’ll be back next week; have a fantastic weekend!