BB Cream, Beauty, Celebrity, Cheeks, Dior, Eyes, Hair, Lashes, Lips, Makeup, Skin

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.

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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Beauty, Editorial, Hair, Inspiration, Lips, Makeup, Nails

Obsessed | Obsédé

Had to document [and share] my complete mental breakdown goo drool upon the discovery of an issue of Exhibition magazine with Magdalena Frackowiak shot by Catherine Servel.

Holy balls hotness! This may be my absolute favourite colour combos yet…behold!:

 

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And to think…I was getting tired of my red hair…

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Beauty, Cheeks, Eyes, Lips, Makeup

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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Lips, Men, Remedy

Lips | Lèvres

Pucker up, buttercups, we’re going on a ride!

Lips are très important as they are a communication module for most of us. Whether we speak by words or by kissing, this pair of skin flaps need to be taken care of with pride and devotion.

In rough winter weather chapping is quite normal and can easily be reversed, unless you take joy in the burning sensation of your flaky, bloody dermis. Yeeeouch.

To avoid further monstrosities:

  1. apply Vaseline generously all over your lips
  2. take a hot shower
  3. gently brush lips with a tooth brush
  4. apply balm on lips

Cold sores are another bother and can be a reoccurring nightmare for a lucky select few. Herein I have compiled a list of remedies for this mutant:

  • ice
  • cold milk (apply with cotton ball)
  • Witch Hazel
  • licorice (chew or apply powder form)
  • warm tea bag (apply directly)
  • zinc and water mixture
  • vinegar
  • garlic (rub half of a clove directly on sore)

Though there are lovely anti-chap products out there, my be-all-end-all is Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream…I wish it came with a halo around it because it’s definitely a saviour. Aaaaand, not only does it heal lips, but elbows, heels, and any other moisture deprived part of the body.

Now kiss those flakes good bye and sail into the new year with smooth smackers that anyone would enjoy as the clock strikes midnight! xo

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