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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:

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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.

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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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Lashes, Milani

Milani Lashes | Cils Milani

This will be a review not like the others, meaning that instead of listing the PROs and CONs as I usually do, I’ll rant about as I please. Why? Because I can.

Let us begin with Power Lash Volumizing Mascara…

While loving the wand that reminded me of my beloved DiorShow, I was disappointed with the outcome. The promises of curling, volumizing and thickening did none of those on my lashes. With that in mind, I’ll definitely use this mascara on shoots that call for a natural look. I would also recommend this mascara for anyone that sports blonde/red lashes and wants to look as though they aren’t wearing anything at all. Personally, I prefer a mascara that coats just enough without looking like I’m wearing makeup.

Next up is Distinct Lash Mascara…

This was a different story. While the wand reminded me of Rimmel’s Flirt, I was skeptical as in the past I do like a thicker bristle application. The black goo was very liquid-y and I was afraid of smearing. The promise of lengthening was kept, however separating was a not-so-much. The rubbery bristles are spread too far for my lashes to separate them. Bottom lashes were a different ballgame, hence I’d recommend this mascara to anyone with shorter hairs. I fear of smearing never came true. Phew.

Perhaps using the Distinct Lash first followed by Power Lash will achieve what it is I am looking for. Perhaps Power Lash should come in brown (which gives the illusion of fullness). Either way, they only cost $6.49 a pop – try them out and prove me wrong! I like this.

Find them here.

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Lashes, Tutorials

Lashes | Cils

You know that running joke between guys about how girls are all fake…heels make us taller, makeup makes us more attractive, hair colour, push-up bras, etc.? Well, I love it.

Here’s another one to add to their collection: LASHES!

There is an astronomical number of girls who love the way falsies look but don’t have the faintest idea of how to apply them, so they stay far far away from attaining great lengths.

The first step is not to be afraid of poking yourself. If you have tremorous motor skills, begin with practicing sans makeup – otherwise you’ll be crying and reapplying indefinitely.

You will need:

  • Lashes – find ones you like, I recommend starting slow and picking out a length not much longer than your natural.
  • Lash Glue – I prefer anything that is not clear (black is my favourite) as my reaction to it is a brilliant burning sensation.
  • Scissors – to cut the lashes down to the length of your eye.
  • Tweezers – to apply the lashes without smudging glue all over your visors.

Instructions:

  1. Measure the lashes to your eye.
  2. Trim excess.
  3. Apply a drop of glue to the top of your hand.
  4. Slide the base of the lashes across the glue.
  5. Blow on the glue for 15-30 seconds to harden it.
  6. Grab hold of the middle part of the lashes with tweezers and apply to the center of your lash line as close to your lashes as possible.
  7. Grab either corner and repeat last step.
  8. Using the other end of the tweezers move/pat down the lash line to ensure they stick.
  9. Apply mascara to both your natural and false lashes.

Voila!

Options:

  • Use lash tips or individuals and apply them to the outer corners of the eyes.
  • Line your eyes (on top of the falsies) with liquid liner for more drama.
  • This look is lovely when paired with a colourful lip unless your shadow is dark.

Tip:

Ebay has amazing deals on sets of 10 for under $2!!!

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