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SAG Beauty Trends

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The 2015 SAG Awards saw some serious glamour — and we’re not just talking about the floor-grazing gowns. Hair and makeup were elegant, sophisticated, and, for the most part, rather predictable (although still beautiful).

While color was certainly a sartorial trend, classic dark eyes and light lips and the staple red carpet red lip were key beauty trends. Hair had less texture than the Golden Globes, actresses opted instead for sleeker blowouts and clean updos.

Here are our favorite SAG beauty trends:

The Sleek, Side Part:
As seen on Emma Stone, Reese Witherspoon, Natasha Lyonne
While Emma and Reese chose to wear their tresses in a very deliberate, side-parted pony, Natasha opted for a more retro-glam vibe with an extremely exaggerated side part and billowing strands. To recreate the sleekness, look for products with high shine. Try Redken Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist ($20), which was sprayed onto Emma’s hair post pony.

The Orange/ Red Lip:
As seen on Emma Stone, Patricia Arquette, Rosemand Pike
A fiery red lip is practically a prerequisite, but last night’s red had hints of orange, making it more modern than red’s of award show’s past. To recreate this lip, try Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil in Orange Red ($19), the color used on Rosamund, or Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in HD Gladiolus ($7), the shade used on Emma.

Smokey Eyes:
As seen on Keira Knightley, Sophia Bush, Reese Witherspoon
Another red carpet prerequisite, the smokey eye is both dramatic and glamorous. The SAG smokey eye was a bit more colorful than usual, focusing on auburn browns and burnt orange hues. To recreate this look, try Laura Mercier Crème Eye Liner in Espresso ($24), which was used on Reese, or Chanel Quadra Eyeshadow in Prélude ($61), which was used on Keira.

The Blowout:
As seen on Claire Danes, Jennifer Aniston, Naomi Watts
While textured tresses reigned supreme as the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards showcased bouncier, fuller blowouts. The key to recreating this look is to add a volumizing product prior to the blowout. Claire’s hair was prepped using Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Foaming Air MousseVidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Foaming Air Mousse ($4).

The Pale Pink Lip:
As seen on Sarah Hyland, Jennifer Aniston, Felicity Jones
Pairing a nude lip with a dark eye is standard, but the SAG Awards nude lip had pinky and/ or peachy undertones, as opposed to beige. This gives a bit more life to the lip — and the face. To recreate this look, try Rouge Dior Lipstick in Trompe L’Oeil, the shade used on Felicity.

Face Value: The Grammys 2013

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Wow. The Grammys red carpet really knows how to keep your interest piqued. From fly aways to ex Fly Girl’s and their bare legs, the best part of the show was most definitely before any of the awards were even presented. While I live for the glamour of Oscar and the Globes, you pretty much always know what you’re going to expect. The music set, however, is more apt to take chances with their looks. And chances they took!

Here were my favorite and not-so-favorite Grammy 2013 faces:

Alexa Chung – This may just be my favorite look of the evening– and she’s not even in the music industry! This candy apple, fire engine red lip was a big trend for the night, and Alexa wears a red lip right: she keeps the rest of her makeup minimal. I’m really into this loose updo with great face-framing fringe.

Beyonce – Chic yet understated. She keeps it klassy with a capital K. Hair is pulled back into a simple pony, makeup is minimal (for Queen B), and the red lips mean diva.

Carrie Underwood – Eh, it’s all a little too beauty pageant for me. That hair is SO MUCH, she could take out 50 percent of the extensions and still have volume to spare. And although the makeup is pretty, it’s bordering on Barbie. Glossy lips, pink blush, dark smoky eye. What happened to glam Carrie?

Florence Welch – Oy. What happened? I love, love, love this ginger haired songstress, but I’m not love, love, loving this look — at all. While I’m not mad at the loose updo, that brick red lipstick is too damn dark for Flo’s thin lips. And I know that I don’t usually comment on the dresses, but  feel like I can’t not. WTF is this green confection? Designer space suit?

Jennifer Lopez – Talk about lengthening a figure (and undressing a leg). Could that top knot be perched any higher on her head? JLo sports her signature dark eyes and nude lips, and does so with ease. Skin is glowing and has a gorgeous tone, as per usual. But the forehead ain’t moving even if you sucker punched her. That thing is so shiny, I can see P Diddy’s reflection.

Katy Perry – She is such a beautiful girl but tonight, the hair looks seems to be channeling Elvira — that color is about three shades too black. And the nude lipstick is a shade too light so it washes out Katy’s paler complexion. I like my girl best with bold lips. The eyes are straight DIVA, however, so kudos on mega lashes.

Kimbra – This entire look – dress included – is like the hipster winning prom queen. The hair has a cool 1950s vibe and the red lip is right on-trend. The gown, on the other hand, is such a culture shock from hair and makeup that it almost, almost works.

Rihanna – Gorgeous. From that trendy candy apple red lip to the perfect ombre hair (billowing down and down and down…. I’m going to make a bold statement and bet that it’s not real… eeks). Maybe it’s true what they say. Maybe being in love really does show through the skin… Then again, when it’s Chris Brown that “love” refers to, maybe not. That beautiful glow comes courtesy of her island roots!

Solange Knowles – When I mentioned fly away hairs in the opening, this is who I was referring to. What is up with that hair? I love a volumized look, but this just seems unkept, finger-in-socket, step out of bed and onto the red carpet. And can Solange at least pretend to be enjoying herself? This is the Grammys, woman, smile.

Taylor Swift – Pretty as a princess, with the milk maid hair to match. She looks great – contemporary, cute, age-appropriate with smoldering grey smoky eyes that give a pop of rock and roll.

Face Value: The Golden Globes 2013

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Award season has officially begun– and it started with a bang! First of all, I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as hard while watching one of these award shows (save for Ricky Gervais’ hosting stint). Yes, I was mostly laughing at how theater arts Anne Hathaway’s two speeches were (someone tweeted that Annie pulled a Kanye), but all of the SNL presenters did a phenomenal job keeping my smile wide.

Now, onto the beauty. While white seems to be the new color for black tie events (I’ve never seen so many wedding gown looks on a red carpet post Labor Day!), nude lips, glam waves and golden skin were a few of the beauty trends that made a splash on the carpet.

Here, a few of the best and worst faces of Golden Globes beauty, 2013.

Adele – Call the hair police, this woman’s updo is breaking the law. That was cheesy, I know, but so too is this beehive! Ugh, I so love Adele, why’d she have to pull a Texan beauty pageant style out for the Globes? As always, that liner is killer. Meow.

Anne Hathaway – Sure, I cringed while she gave her acceptance speech but the berry lipstick and pixie cut are a great look for Annie. Now, if only she could learn to keep her mouth shut!

Claire Danes – The hair is a bit too volumized for my liking, but I can get over that. I can’t, however, come to terms with the smoky eye. It looks dirty and it ages dear Claire.. Too much smoke.

Emily Blunt – I love this princess hair do! And her lightly smoked, chestnut eye and nude glazed lips are perfect to accompany that mega bun.

Eva Longoria – Is she or isn’t she a Parker? I seriously can’t keep up. On the beauty front, I’m quite ambivalent about this look. While her hair is a wee bit too high and her lashes a tad too long, I do love the classic dark eye and nude lip. So glam.

Jennifer Lawrence – I know that JenLove (that was such a good call!) is the it-girl du jour, but I’m not totally dying over this look. I feel like she is drowning in eye shadow. So much eye makeup makes her eyes appear a bit small. And while the updo is pleasant and pretty, I would’ve loved to see her hair down and pencil straight. I want some attitude, JenLove! Werk it.

Jessica Alba – Of all the glam hair, Jessica wears my favorite. Clean side part, perfect amount of bounce in the curls. And subbing a bold orange for red is a brave move, but one that she pulls off effortlessly. BTW, this hair color works so well with her olive skin tone. J’adore the ombre.

Jessica Chastain – Her acceptance speech was one of my favorites (I love a good struggle/ success story!), and Jessica is a beautiful woman but this was not her finest hour in the hair department. While the berry lip is sufficient (although I would have preferred a crimson red hue), this hair style is making the poor girl look as though she is balding! I get what they were going for – Hollywood glam circa the classics – but that center part needs to be a side part, ASAP.

Kerry Washington – I am obsessed with this lob (long bob) and blunt bangs. It’s perfection on Ms. Kerry. Pastels are having a moment at present, and Kerry pulls off a burst of pale purple on the inner corners of her lids like a pro.

Megan Fox – Megan Fox is so sexy, I don’t understand why she went and made her face almost unrecognizable! Lay off the botox and fillers, woman. The side part and retro curls are killing it though. I really hope the hair isn’t fake too! On a more positive note, I like her use of white eye pencil in her lower waterline to accentuate her eyes.

Michelle Dockery – I love her on Downton Abbey without much makeup (get her Downton look here), and I love her in 2013 with sexy lashes and a nude lip. BTW, I have total brow envy. Michelle’s arches just found themselves a place on my vision board.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – Sheer perfection. The skin radiates, the makeup defines but doesn’t overwhelm and that exaggerated side part without curls is very new Hollywood glam. And I’m obsessed with this salmon lip color that I’m quite certain is Burberry…

Sienna Miller – She’s my girl crush and I’m totally crushing on her ability to glow with virtually no makeup. The natural lips and eyes (marked by just a bit of mascara), and the hair pulled up and away from her face, really let Sienna’s complexion radiate. I must find out what foundation she is wearing because her skin is flawless here!

Taylor Swift – She’s pretty, that’s a fact. But I was hoping for more attitude in her look. At least give us the bangs, woman! Everything seems a bit too polite. I’m not mad at it, I just want more…. something…

Tina Fey – Kills it! that hair has just the right amount of volume while her makeup is red-carpet appropriate without losing sense of Tina’s silly self.

Who do you think gave best face?







Trends At The Emmys

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The 2011 Emmys were quite conservative, if we’re speaking in hair and makeup terms. No crazy bouts of blush or obnoxious hair styles to discuss. Instead, we saw a return to red carpet staples: dark eyes, light lips and a ton of fabulous blow outs!

Here are the top trends from the Emmys 2011:


Exaggerated Side Part – A center part is pretty, but an exaggerated side part is elegant and uber sexy. Ladies like Sofia Vergara, Julia Stiles and Nina Dobrev wore this trend to perfection.

Blown Out Natural Hair – Sometimes, a nice blow out is all you need. Keeping hair down, straight and clean was a major red carpet trend at the Emmy’s. Gwyneth Paltrow, Lea Michele and Claire Danes are three of the celebs who chose this trend.

The Bun – Variations of the classic bun were seen all over the red carpet. The bun is a great way to keep hair out of your face and leave the focal point of the look on your makeup. While Rashida Jones chose a side bun, Katie Holmes went with a super high knotted bun.


Black Smoky Eye – Now that summer is over, so too are the golds and bronzes of the season. It’s back to black. Nina Dobrev and Diana Argon wore a smoky eye in shades of black and greys.

Dark Eyeliner  – A red carpet staple, the dark, dramatic eye can be seen at every award show. However, the Emmy’s seemed to bring about the heavy eyeliner trend. Eyes were lined both above and under the lids. And lashes were out of control.  Claire Danes, Julia Stiles and Sofia Vergara opted for this look.

The Colored PINK Lip – While red lips are practically a must on the red carpet (and the Emmy’s saw its share of crimson pouts), the pink was quite the prominent hue! Claire Danes went with a brighter pinkish color, Minka Kelly chose a a bathroom pink hue (don’t know what bathroom pink is? Click here – I am almost certain that I made up the term but the color is phenom), Katie Holmes opted for a more subtle rosy pink, Sofia Vergara rocked it in a salmon hue with hints of pink (that matched her dress) and Zooey Dechanel went with a powder pink (which, again, matched her gown)!


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So we gave you the inspiration behind the hair, now, straight from the makeup artist’s mouth, here are the exact products used for each outfit change at Sunday’s Academy Awards.

Makeup by Kate Lee for Chanel

Red Carpet Look

Red Valentino Couture Archive Dress

Makeup Look: Thin black line with a defined socket and a deep rose lip stain

Foundation: CHANEL Vitalumiere Fluid Makeup in Limpide (used throughout show)

Concelear: Kanebo Brush Type Concealer in CB 1 Light (used throughout show)

Powder: Cle de Peau Loose Translucent powder (used throughout show)

Cheek: CHANEL Powder Blush in Fandango (used throughout the show). To define cheek bones – Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium

Eyes: Black line created with Bobbi Brown Long Wearing Gel Liner in Black Ink, socket defined with Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Truth

Brow: Lightened eyebrows with Anastasia Tinted Brow Gel in Brunette and filled gaps in with Anastasia long wearing brow tint in Universal Dark

Lips: CHANEL Rouge Coco Lip Colour in Rivoli – applied then powdered to appear matte.

In between changes I use By Terry Rose Salve to remove lip colors and keep lips fresh

90 Mins to change to first show look…

Show Look #1

Givenchy Cream Dress with diamond details

Makeup Look: A bold line with a youthful lip

Eyes: Line thickened with Bobbi Brown Long Wearing Gel Liner in Black Ink. Diamante Lash clusters added – custom made by Kate Lee. Individual black diamante added by hand on top of the lashes.

Lip: Cle de Peau Lipstick in T1

7 mins to change to…

Show Look #2

Lavin Tuxedo

Makeup Look: A Sophia Loren style eyeliner under eye with a pale luminous lip

Eyes: Line added under eye with Bobbi Brown Cake Eye Liner in Black

Inside the eye lined with CHANEL Intense Eye Pencil inClair, and continued outside outer eye corners to enhance the separation of upper and lower lash line.

Lips: CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine Lip Colour in Evasion

7 mins to change to…

Show Look #3

Vivienne Westwood black and white gown

Makeup Look: A moist pink lip with bold mascara

Eyes: Add CHANEL Inimitable Waterproof Mascara Noir on bottom lashes

Lips: CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine Lip Colour in Romance

8 mins to change to…

Show Look #4

Oscar de la Renta Metallic Fringe dress

Makeup Look: Warm Glowing lip

Lip: NARS Lipstick in Promiscuous

Eye: NARS Soft Shadow Pencil in Hollywoodland in the inner corner of the eye

17 mins to change to…

Show Look #5

Atelier Versace Wine colored dress

Makeup Look: A subtle blushed glossy lip

Lip: NARS Lip Gloss in Belize

8 mins to change to…

Show Look #6

Armani Prive reflective column dress

Makeup Look: Bold Bright Matte Lips

Eye: CHANEL Intense Eye Pencil in Noir added to inner upper and lower lids.

Lip: CHANEL Rouge Coco Lip Colour in Insolente

15 mins to change to…

Show Look #7 FINALE

Tom Ford Broken Mirror Dress

Makeup Look: Glossy Smokey Eye with a sexy nude lip

Eyes: Darkest charcoal color from the Ombres Perlees de CHANEL palette blended from lash line to socket and melted away before the brow bone. Black line inside eye refreshed.

Lips: Tom Ford Private Blend Lipstick in Blush Nude


The Many Faces (And Do’s) Of Anne Hathaway

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Last night’s Academy Awards saw many, many outfit changes for the co-host, Anne Hathaway – and just as many hair and makeup looks.


Here’s a peak:

RED CARPET – A modern take of an Edwardian influenced style accented with a bohemian flair
MAKEUP – Red lips, lots of lashes, clean face

LOOK 1 – Rita Hayworth; 1940’s; classic glamour
MAKEUP -sensual, plum lips

LOOK 2 – Volumized ponytail for a feminine feel
MAKEUP – dramatized, played-up eyes with liner and lashes

LOOK 3- modern Grace Kelly
MAKEUP -a very elegant eye and a bold lip

LOOK 4 – A tousled Bohemian style
MAKEUP -flirty, earthier tones

LOOK 5 – Side swept low bun with volume and texture
MAKEUP -Less eye makeup, lip enhances color of dress

LOOK 6 – Veronica Lake Hollywood Glamour style; sleek and straight
MAKEUP -A cat eye with a more nude lip

LOOK 7 – Simplistic and effortless
MAKEUP -dramatic, dark eyes and sexy pout


GET THE LOOK: Natalie Portman at the Oscars

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This is one of my favorite looks from last night. Natalie had that true movie star vibe going on. The side-swept hair was very Old-Hollywood and the makeup channeled a modern day Sophia Loren.

Makeup artist Eileen Kastner-Delago created a glowing look for Natalie Portman, the face of Miss Dior Cherie. “I was inspired by her dress so I went with more purple tones,” said Kastner-Delago.

Skin: Dior Capture Totale One Essential, Diorskin Nude Natural Glow
Foundation #020 and #030, Diorskin Nude Hydrating Concealer #002

Eyes: Dior 1-Colour Eyeshadow in #546 Gold Touch, Dior 2-Colour Eyeshadow
in Purple Look #885, Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Extase Pinks #804, Diorshow
Waterproof Mascara in Black, Diorshow Iconic Mascara in Navy Blue.

Lips: Dior Addict Lipstick #623 Infamous Pink, Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss in
Apricot Cloche #436.

Cheeks: DiorBlush in Peechy Keen #553.


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AS seen on the red-carpet at the Golden Globes, waves are in trend. Most noticeably, Megan Fox rocked some pretty awesome waves.

Here, Sam Villa gives us the deets on how to recreate at home:

Red Carpet WavesTools Needed: Sam Villa Signature Series Wide Tooth Comb, Marcel iron and Redken Forceful 23 hairspray
·      Begin with a diagonal section 
·      Gather the section, elevate to 90 degrees with thumb and index finger and over direct to the corner of the eye
·      Place the Marcel iron in front of the section with the barrel of the iron behind the section.  (Be sure to keep the hair in fingers close to the barrel at all times)
·      Holding the section, face thumbnail up and then twist the hair so thumbnail is facing the floor, slide down and wrap.
·      Slide the hair up the barrel making sure to keep thumbnail close to the barrel without closing the blade.  (Closing the blades of the barrel will produce lines of demarcation inside the crest)
·      Repeat the motions until the end of the section: Wrap, twist – thumbnail up, thumbnail down, wrap, twist, thumbnail up, thumbnail, down, wrap….
·      Once to the end of the section, drop the elbow of the arm that is holding the Marcel iron, keeping hold of the section
·      While holding the end of the section with the thumbnail turn the Marcel iron in the opposite direction for more tension allowing the heat to do its job.  (This creates the tension in the twists – the twist is the crest and the flat wrap is the valley)
·      Release thumb and place the palm of hand underneath the barrel of the Marcel iron
·      Catch the hair in palm when released from the barrel.  (If hair is just dropped without catching it, the section will stretch and become loose)
·      With the section in palm, spray two shots of Redken Forceful 23 hairspray
·      Pancake and compress the section in both palms (The hair will be very hot!)
·      Allow the hair to cool – be patient
·      Release the section from palm 
·      Take wide tooth comb, using the end with the teeth spaced apart, place the palm of hand behind the section
·      SLOWLY comb through the section to the ends resulting in beautiful Red Carpet Waves.
·      Continue with diagonal sections to complete the head


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 At the Golden Globes 2010, January Jones definitely let it all hang out! And WOW did she look amazing.
Here, Frederic Fekkai stylist Renato Campora dishes on how to get the look:

Campora was inspired by the styles of the 1960’s, which he believes is one of the most striking decades for beauty. His look created for January channels old Hollywood glamour, with a modern twist that is full of volume and timeless elegance.
On wet hair, Campora began by applying Fekkai Advanced Full Blown Styling Whip to create volume and Fekkai Coiff™ Contrôle Ironless Straightening Balm to smooth out the hair.  He parted the hair to the side and blow dried using a round brush.  To create waves, he put hair in hot rollers and let them sit for 10 minutes.  Once he took the rollers out, Campora brushed through the hair creating volume and constructing shape for the style. To finish off her look, Renato sprayed Fekkai Coiff™ Sheer Hold Hairspray for all night hold. 

Chanel Beauty is responsible for that ravishing red pout. Here, the face:

JANUARY JONES / Makeup Artist Rachel Goodwin

Beauty Inspiration:
“January’s look was all about strength – there was nothing demure about it! I wanted to go for a super strong brow, and a high gloss red lip.  90’s
supermodel meets old Hollywood glamour!”

Beauty Tip:
“The makeup was simple with two strong elements.  I prepped her skin with CHANEL Sublimage Concentrate. I then sculpted her cheeks with CHANEL Bronzing Makeup Base.  On her lids, I used a wash of champagne coloured shadow, CHANEL Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Liberty.  I created a strong, bold defined brow with the CHANEL Perfect Brows palette, and applied two coats of CHANEL Inimitable Intense Mascara in Noir.  Finally, I knew I wanted to go for a glossy red lip as opposed to a matte red, to keep the look fresh
and not too retro.  I used an amazing red gloss, CHANEL Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Excess, to complete January’s strong red carpet look.”

GIRL CRUSH: Ashley Greene at the VMA’s

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mark Brand Ambassador and vampire sexiness, Ashley Greene showed off her human hotness at the MTV VMA’s. Makeup Artist Vanessa Scali created the look. This is an easy and affordable face that anyone can recreate. I’m loving the sultry eye with the nude lips and perfectly coiffed honey highlights. So chic.

Here are the deets:

“I wanted to create a smoldering, gunmetal eye with only a hint of color in the cheeks, and a soft natural mouth.”

”Ashley has nearly flawless skin, so I used foundation and concealer sparingly. First, I used the mark Foundation Brush to apply mark Speedway Do Everything Makeup in Natural only where needed and blended in with my fingers. I find that using my fingers to blend foundation heats the product just a bit and leaves a seamless finish. Next, I applied mark Good Riddance Hook Up Concealer in Medium/Deep under her eyes, followed by a light dusting of mark Matte-nificent Oil Absorbing Powder in Buff/Natural to her t-zone area. For her cheeks, I applied mark Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint in Cheeky to the apples, blending outward toward the cheekbones. Then, to accentuate her high cheekbones, I applied mark Get Bright Hook Up Highlighter in Natural and blended in toward the apples of her cheeks. The combination of the creamy textures and hint of color blend to make the cheeks look pretty and luminous.”


“First, I applied mark I-mark Custom Pick Eyeshadow in Corset to her lid, blending just over the natural crease and extending outward to elongate her eyes. I used the same color under her bottom lashes for a soft smoky effect. For a kick of shine, I added a touch of mark Get Bright Hook Up Highlighter in Natural to her brow bone. Eye liner is truly the key to this look – it adds a depth of color and edge that make this eye look sexy. For Ashley’s eyes, I lined her top and bottom lids with mark No Place to Run Longwear Eyeliner in Jet Set. I focused on making the top line heavier and blended into the shadow, while blending the bottom line with the mark Flat Eyeliner Brush to smooth underneath her bottom lashes. The final touch was lining the inside rim of the eye. I love a full, feathery lash so I finished with a double coat of mark Scanda-Lash Hook Up Mascara in Blacklash.”

“To keep Ashley’s lips looking gorgeous and natural, I applied mark Lipclick Full Color Lipstick in Bare Hug.”

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