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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Eyes, Lashes, Lips, Makeup

Stay, Valentine! | Tenez, la Saint-Valentin!

Today’s the day that many of you will get f̶u̶c̶k̶e̶d̶ laid, cry or indulge in stuffing of the a̶n̶a̶l̶ oral cavity. Sounds like a typical Tuesday for some of you, doesn’t it?

Either way, which ever cavity you prefer you get stuffed in or produce liquid out of, you’ll need waterproof/long-lasting tools to still look pretty  i̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶m̶o̶r̶n̶i̶n̶g̶ at the finish line.

Hands down, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid and Smudge Stick Waterproof liners are the bee’s knees. The liquid is so waterproof – you’ll need a Brillo pad to scrub it off. And the smudge stick won’t tug the skin like the other creepy perpetrators. L̶e̶a̶v̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶t̶u̶g̶g̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶u̶n̶d̶e̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶t̶a̶b̶l̶e̶.̶

Lancome Definicils High Definition Waterproof mascara won’t budge even if you h̶a̶v̶e̶ ̶a̶ ̶g̶a̶g̶ ̶r̶e̶f̶l̶e̶x̶ get dumped on this special day by your one and only true love or you’re just, plain hormonal. Si triste.

Yummy NARS lipstick will moisturize whilst attaching it’s sexy, bad self to your lippers. Feel free to g̶i̶v̶e̶ ̶h̶e̶a̶d̶ ̶v̶i̶g̶o̶r̶o̶u̶s̶l̶y̶ eat what ever you like and test the staying power for yourself. Try these sexy shades: Afghan Red, Heat Wave, Jungle Red and Manhunt.

What am I doing today? Same thing I do every day – WORKING. I get my sexin’ on holiday or not. Pfft.

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Beauty, Eyes, Lashes, Lips, Makeup, Moi, Skin

Inside | A l’intérieur

Want to know what’s in my purse?

Well, today’s your lucky day!

KIEHL’S Unusually Rich But Not Greasy At All Hand Cream With SPF 10 – This stuff is awesome when you’re on the go and don’t want to leave oily paw prints over every surface and does the job perfectly.

NIVEA A Kiss of Protection Sun Protection Lip Care With SPF 30 – quick and easy fix for lips out in the sun daily. This is great for anyone who likes to be out in the sun as much as I do…carefully.

SMASHBOX Lip Gloss in Ravishing – sun kissed perfection on any pout with just the right amount of shimmer to make your lips shine enough to eat.

L’Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner – thanks to my mother I love this liner. Personally I thinks the precision is great and it lasts for-ever.

PRESTIGE Lip Stick in Fatal Red – this cheapie tube is one of my favourites now! Total staple to my every day, so much so that Josh has been complaining that I’m wearing it too often. I LOVE my red lipstick! Paired with a lip pencil from ULTA called Fire.

Trish McEvoy Essential Pencil in Nude 1 – this crayon is awesome for fall/winter seasons with plumy tones and warmth. Topped with Sephora Gloss in Rosy Glow – yum.

TOO FACED Lash Injection Mascara – life saver. ‘Nuff said.

What’s in your bag?

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Health, Hygiene, Makeup

Expiration | D’expiration

Unlike our foods, cosmetics don’t come with expiration dates.

I think it would be stellar to have it imprinted on the side of the actual lipstick, or engraved into the plastic casing of your shadow duo. Or someone just needs to come up with a makeup line called “Expiration” and part of their genius would be to stamp the exact moment of demise on each item. I know, I’m astonishingly brilliant.

So, without further adieu…

Mascara and Liquid Eye Liners: 3 months.

Liquid Face Makeup, Cream Eye Shadow: 3-6 months.

Natural/Mineral Cosmetics: 6 months, the shelf life for these is short due to the lack of preservatives in the product.

Powder Face Makeup, Powder Eye Shadows, Pencil Eye Liners, Lipstick, Lip gloss: 2 years.

Eye and lip pencils: discard when they become dry, crumbly, and hard to apply – otherwise you can prolong their lifespan if you sharpen them regularly.

Tips:

  • Make sure to always keep your makeup in a cool dry place – eye/lip pencils and lipsticks you don’t often use can be refrigerated.
  • Pumping your mascara will dry it out much faster and spread bacteria inside the tube – try swirling the wand instead.
  • If you have a stye in your eye or a cold sore on your lip – immediately discard of products you have used on the are, otherwise you are just spreading the love and perpetuate lack of healing.
  • Don’t share your cosmetics with anyone unless you are fully prepared to disinfect them instantly.

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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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