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Vanessa Marano at Variety

I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with this lovely lady. You’ve seen her on Dexter as John Lithgow’s daughter, which happens to be my favourite season. And for the past few years she’s the lead in ABC’s Switched at Birth.

Very excited to share pictures of the shoot Marc Cartwright and I did with her, but until then – let’s dissect the look I worked on with her for the Variety & Women in Film Pre Emmy Party on Friday…

Here is the pretty girl in her pretty lace dress:

Variety & Women In Film Pre-Emmy Event presented by Yoplait Greek - ArrivalsAnd here is a close up of our makeup/hair combo:

Variety & Women In Film Pre-Emmy Event presented by Yoplait Greek - Red Carpet

To veer away from the prom look that’s so easily accomplished with “perfect hair” in this dress silhouette, we decided to let the hair be a little wild with just enough control so that it doesn’t poof at a tiny whiff of humidity.

Because we had a bunch of product from our shoot the day before already in the hair, I told Vanessa not to wash it out. On dark hair – dirty is great for manageability. In order to refresh the roots I used Bumble and Bumble Tonic Lotion and to soak up moisture Bangstyle Sea Salt Mist all over.

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After a quick blow dry, I slathered Vanessa’s locks with TiGi S Factor Smoothing Lusterizer to ensure that her night is frizz-less and full of shine.

Smoothing Lusterizer

As for her face, this girl barely needs anything to look like a million bucks! We mostly concentrated on skin care with Rodial Glamoxy Exfoliating Pads [I’m obsessed with these] – dead skin is gently wiped away leaving behind an incredible luster and perfect canvas for makeup application.

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Next, I combined Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream with Manna Kadar Sheer Glow Lotion for the ultimate healthy skin illumination.

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The glow was set with Dior Matte and Luminous Hydrating powder in gold. This stuff has just the right of shimmer and the perfect amount of matte where you need it.

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Eyeballs were treated with Lash Republic individual lashes variating from short to medium. This is my preferred brand. The quality is incredible.

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A little Smashbox Prism Blush on the cheeks for colour.

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And for the lips I’d want to wear every day of my life if mine were this full – Dior Addict Extreme in Black tie.

dioraddictextremelipstick-blacktieAnd now you know how to look like a celebrity, my fair reader. Go buy some products!

Thanks to Just Jared for the images.
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Colours for everyone! | Couleurs pour tout le monde!

Colours aren’t just for pretty people – they are for everyone!

I’ve searched high and low in the past decade to find makeup shades that would compliment any and all skin tones. And if sharing means caring then I am your favourite purple dinosaur today…

Eyes:

Whether your ojos are witchy hazel or baby blues or you’re a brown eyed girl – a little shimmer can go a long way. Nudes with a bit of a golden speckle can warm and brighten any lid.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks in Nude

Cheeks:

Be you a fair maiden, a sultry caramel queen, and everyone in between – a bit of coral rouge can do wonders if the rest of you is sans makeup. Coral runs pinky/orange and compliments 99% of all skin tones.

Benefit Blush in Coralista

Lips:

No matter the size of your puckers, they should always remain under lustrous arrest. A dab of sheer pink gloss will bedazzle onlookers and keep your cabana boys mesmerized.

Revlon Lipgloss in Pink Pursuit

And please remember: for any and all skin tones and textures – SPF should be your favourite beauty label. Don’t leave home without it and happy mirror kissing to you all!

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Blush, for Jenny | Rouge, par Jenny…

Being a fan of blush, I nearly never step foot outside of my house without the look of pinched cheeks. Even if you’re not a fan of makeup, a little rouge can do wonders on a dreary day.

With so many beautiful shades, blush – like red lipstick, can become a tedious journey to find. But, you guessed it, I have a few tricks up my sleeve that I am willing to share with the class.

First off, 99% of you can pull of a peachy/coral colour. I swears.

Smashbox Blush in Proof Sheet

If you are fair skinned with light eyes and hair – you are probably already devotee of pink and should therefore keep up the good work. But promise me that you will only play with light shades and will keep your bubblegum Juicy track suits back where they belong…in back of the closet.

Cargo BluRay Blush Highlighter in Pink

For my ethnic sisters whose skin I love to work with most – I recommend richer, jewel tone colours. If you are on the warmer end of the palette, cool colours are a superb balance and vice versa. Be careful not to use too much shimmer as you may tend to look oily.

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks

Fiery redheads, oh how I envy your freckles, can get away with almost any shade of peachy-pink. Cream blush is your friend, this way you can still show off those sun speckles without looking like you’re wearing anything at all!

NARS Blush in Sex Appeal

My brunettes-have-more-fun lovelies, you deserve roses…a whole spectrum of them. Deeper shades for the olive skinned beauties will pump up your mystery.

Christian Dior Blush in English Rose

Something to keep in mind: if your skin needs some work, as in the texture isn’t smooth, stay away from anything with sparkles for it will focus the eye precisely where it doesn’t belong. Also, in moist weather like snow or rain or even when at the beach – try using cream blush or cheek stain because most of them are water resistant and will not move throughout the day.

Tarte Natural Cheek Stain

Lastly, I have gotten a few of you questioning me where to put the blush once you buy the perfect shade. Answer: when it doubt – sweet the tops of your cheek bones…the closer you get to your eyeballs, the younger and fresher you will look. This is also great for faces with prominent cheek bones and hollows. Rounder faces can benefit from applying the blush under and on the apples, thus creating a slimming effect. As we age our face skins lose their elasticity and the plumpness we once had tends to disappear. Because of this, again, throughout the years your blush should be creeping up higher on your cheeks and closer to the eyes.

Ok, one more thing.

Don’t be afraid to blush up a bit on the temples and into the hairline as it creates a wonderful brightening effect especially if you are taking pictures!

xo

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