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Get The Look: Keri Russell

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The incredible Tina Turnbow has brought eco-conscious beauty to the world of celeb styling. Vera Farmiga, Claire Danes and Amanda Peet are fans, as are we at Beauty Banter. Tina recently collaborated with tarte to create the new Flower Child Collection. I recommend checking out her versatile Flower Child eyeshadow palette, with over $182 worth of eco-gorgeousness for only $44. Tina and tarte make for one fabulous duo.

Last Thursday, Keri Russell was aglow at the premiere of her latest film, Leaves of Grass, thanks to Tina’s makeup magic. Here’s how Tina prepared Keri for the big night.

Before makeup, Tina used the antioxidant packed multitasker The Solution by Envision Beauty ($79) to moisturize Keri’s skin. Then, “for a healthy complexion, I used a tinted moisturizer and created a peachy-pink cheek.”

Tina first applied tarte’s smooth operator oil-free tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 ($36) over Keri’s whole face and spot treated with tarte’s the eraser 4-in-1 natural concealer ($21).
She dusted tarte’s provocateur powder pressed mineral powder with SPF 8 ($30) to set the look and used a combo of tarte’s natural cheekstains ($30) in tipsy and dollface on the apples of Keri’s cheeks (I happen to love both these stains and layer them for a natural, healthy pinch of color).

For Keri’s eyes, Tina “wanted a soft, smoky charcoal eye with voluminous lashes.” Using her signature flower child eyeshadow palette ($44), she brushed on matte buttercup and shimmering peach in the crease of the eye and shimmering gray periwinkle on her lids. Tina then lined her eyes with tarte’s emphasEYES™ natural high definition inner rim eye pencil in charcoal ($18) and added a coat of tarte’s bottoms up ($16) on lower lashes.

Tina finished the look, with “a nude lip with a hint of pink sheen,” by combining applying the tarte’s pinky nude double-ended lipliner in dizzy blonde ($19) all over Keri’s lip and topping it with a shiny coat of tarte’s vitamin infused by BORBA lipgloss in om ($21).

The end result is quintessential Turnbow chic: made-up without trying too hard. Unfussy glamour that looks as fabulous for a Hollywood premiere as your own day-to-day life. And with her commitment to green beauty, the results are always as beautiful on the inside as outside. Thanks to Tina and tarte for making eco-beauty shine. And look for Leave of Grass in theaters Apirl 2nd. xo alex.

Trend Alert: PIN CURLS

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Award Season is well underway (yay!) and the year’s trends are coming out in droves.

My current favorite is the pin curl as seen at the SAG Awards on Saturday night and the Golden Globe Awards last week.

Celebrity stylist Adir Abergel for Frederic Fekkai dishes on how to get the pin curl ‘do from Red Carpet to Real Life:

Adir Abergel starts by parting the hair on an angle and spraying FEKKAI COIFF™ BOUFFANT LIFTING & TEXTURIZING SPRAY GEL to the roots to create body and shine. Then blow-dry sections of the hair with a brush and then using a bobby pin and pinning the hair in the shape of a curl. Lightly spray FEKKAI COIFF™ Sheer Hold Hairspray over the pinned curls. After letting the hair set in the curls for a couple of minutes he loosely takes them out and uses a medium curling iron and small barrel curling iron to accentuate the curl. To complete the look he sprays the hair with FEKKAI ADVANCED™ BRILLIANT GLOSSING™ SHEER SHINE MIST.


How To: Leighton Meester’s MTV Face

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If you read this site on the daily, then you know my affinity for the Gossip Girls, Leighton Meester in particular.

luxaholics.com interviewed Cris Colbeck, one of Leighton’s key makeup artists, who dishes on how to get her sexxxy MTV Movie Award Look (which I loved!).

What do you think?
Are you loving or hating the look?

Get the Look: Angelina Jolie At Cannes

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This is, by far, my favorite Cannes look of the festival. And I just found out what products Angie used!

Here you go:

Celebrity makeup artist Mary Burton created the glamorous look for Angelina Jolie at the Cannes Film Festival. To define Angelina’s lashes Mary used two different mascaras, Lancôme Hypnôse in Black andLancôme Ôscillation in Black and applied a few coats of both to add volume and length. Mary used Lancôme Color Design Lipstick in Candy Apple to create her voluptuous red pout.

I am buying Candy Apple asap… I want an Angelina pucker!


Get The Look: Dita Von Teese in H&M Campaign

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I wrote this exclusive get the look for hollywoodlife.com and I thought I’d share it with all of my beauty-full readers!


The current queen of pin-up girls Dita Von Teese flaunts her stuff for the new H&M ad campaign, Designers Against AIDS. Gregory Arlt, Director of Makeup Artistry for M.A.C Cosmetics, was on hand to create the classic Dita face. Here, he shares exclusively with Hollywood Life how to get the look.

Inspiration: “The look was “classic” Dita. This is a t-shirt that she designed to raise money for an AIDS organization, so we wanted Dita to be herself.”

Colors: “Being that this was a black and white shot, I went a little stronger with her look to emphasize her lovely features. We love a classic pinup look, so when you look at the shot you see brows, lash line, and lips primarily. I used “Vanilla” shadow all over as a base, “Copperplate” shadow in the crease with “Print” shadow in the deeper crease to create depth, and “BlackTrack” Fluidline eye liner to achieve her classic cat eye. I finished off the eyes with “# 2” false lashes. For the lips I went deeper so that they would appear red in black and white. “Burgundy” lip liner was used with “Viva Glam 1” lipstick mixed with “Diva” lipstick.”

Products Used: “Dita’s skin is FLAWLESS, so I used a small amount of M•A•C Sculpting Foundation in “NW15” with Mineralized Skin Finish Natural Powder in “Light”. On her eyelids, I used “Dazzlelight” shadow to make them ‘pop’.”

Technique: “It’s all about the brushes! For her foundation, I used a M•A•C #190 Foundation brush. For her shadow base and lids, I used a #252 brush followed by a #224 brush to create the deep crease using “Copperplate” shadow. Her lips need to look perfect, of course, so I recommend applying red lipstick with a #317 lip brush.”

Met Ball Hair How To’s

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So many fabulous styles, so much hair envy! Here are a few of the ‘dos from Monday night’s Met Ball in NYC.

Of course, we’re providing you with the how to’s from the mane men and women who tamed the A-list tresses...

Jessica Alba by Renato Campora for Frederic Fekkai
Look: romantic and modern

Apply FEKKAI MORE ALL DAY DENSITY STYLING WHIP and FEKKAI COIFF BOUFFANT LIFTING & TEXTURIZING SPRAY GEL to wet hair. Blow dry hair with FEKKAI COMB starting from the forehead to the crown of the neck so that it does not dry too straight. Braid all of the hair loosely and pin it with bobby pins to create shape and set style. Finish with FEKKAI SHEER HOLD HAIRSPRAY all over.

Kate Hudson by David Babaii

Look: natural waves

To start, I sprayed our David Babaii for WildAid Bohemian Beach Spray and distributed evenly through the hair to create the volume, texture and lift I was looking for. Next, I used the David Babaii for WildAid Blow Dryer on medium heat and medium air flow. I used my hands instead of a brush so I could create texture. To create her beachy waves I did some soft scrunching and twisting small strands around my fingers until dry. I finished this look with Mise en Plis Light Styling Spray for a lightweight touchable hold.

Blake Lively by Renato Campora for Frederic Fekkai
Look: a sexy and modern style without out being too over done

Use FEKKAI COIFF STRONG HOLD VOLUME MOUSSE on wet hair to create fullness and body. Blow dry using FEKKAI EXTRA LARGE ROUND BRUSH to make the hair very straight. Tease the hair and pull it all back into a tight pony tail. Secure with a rubber band. Then use a small amount FEKKAI MAGNIFIQUE ULTRA LIGHT FINISHING CREME all over and finish the look with FEKKAI SHEER HOLD HAIRSPRAY.

Emma Stone by TRESemmé Celebrity Stylist Mara Roszak
Look: super sleek, side chignon

Apply TRESemmé Anti-Frizz Secret Smoothing Crème to towel-dried hair. Part hair to one side, and blow dry smooth with a bend in the ends. Pull hair all the way over to the side, and tie the ends into a low pony with a band. Wrap the pony and loop it as if you’re going to knot it, so it forms a bun like shape. Secure with bobby pins, crisscrossing them as you pin. Spray TRESemmé TRES Two Ultra Fine Mist Hairspray all over to hold the style in place.Finish the look with TRESemmé No-Frizz Shine Spray to add shine and tame flyaways.

Jessica Biel by Adir Abergel for Frederic Fekkai
Look: modern ballerina bun

Start out by applying FEKKAI COIFF BOUFFANT LIFTING & TEXTURIZING SPRAY GEL at the roots making sure to create body and movement. Dry the hair with your hands allowing the natural texture to come through. Once dried, take a 1″ curling iron, curling the hair away from the face. Finish by applying FEKKAI MAGNIFIQUE ULTRA LIGHT FINISHING CREME to create a relaxed separation in the hair. Pull the hair back into a ballerina bun just below the crown, making sure to leave texture around the face for a modern vibe. To finish the look spray hair with FEKKAI GLOSSING SHEER MIST and FEKKAI SHEER HOLD HAIRSPRAY.

Liv Tyler by David Babaii
Look: Old Hollywood starlet

To create this Sophia Loren inspired look, I used a large barrel curling iron by FHI Heat. First, I parted her hair to the side using the highest point of the eyebrow as my guide. Then I created 4 sections (top, sides and nape) for total control. Before curling each section, I sprayed Volcanic Ash Root Lift to each strand then clip each curl. This provided the volume and lift needed for any special event. Next, gently brush curls out using your fingers and allowing curls to fall into a natural pattern. To finish, I sprayed Mise en Plis Extra Hold Styling Spray that provides not only maximum hold but leaves hair with a brilliant shine.

Have a favorite? Let us know!

How To: Jessica Stam at the Met

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One of the most beautiful supermodels of all time (and definitely the nicest), my dear friend Jessica Stam, scored a coveted ticket to the Met Ball on Monday night. The theme for the fete was “The Model As Muse: Embodying Fashion” and boy did those gorgeous amazon’s come out in droves.

Jessica embodied one of my favorite looks of the evening (and no, not just because she’s my friend) in her asymmetrical Rodarte mini, stylish updo and feminine makeup. Check out those crystal blue eyes!

Dior Beauty Makeup artist Ricky Wilson dishes on how he achieved the face:

Inspiration: “The look was about soft glowing skin and well defined eyes. I was inspired by the tones in Jessica’s dress–a golden peach and beige so I decided to create a makeup look using the same hues.”

Skin: DiorSkin Nude Foundation #21, Dior Skinflash Radiance Booster Pen

Eyes: Dior 5-Color Eyeshadow in Incognito, Dior Waterproof Crayon Eyeliner in Trinidad Black, DiorShow Blackout Mascara

Cheeks: Dior Sunshine Blush in Harmony Coral

Lips: Dior Lip Glow, Dior Lip Polish #1

I want to go to the ball!!!

Who do you think gave good face?

Get Celebrity Pearly Whites At Home!

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Have you ever had teeth envy? Drew Barrymore’s got great teeth. So, too, does Jeniffer Aniston. Actually, most celebs have perfectly whitened teeth (save for some of those Brits – Amy Winehouse…) and there’s a reason!

White teeth are eye-stopping gorge (some may even say “blinding”). That’s why all of the celebs go to great lengths to get their pearly whites the perfect shade of white. And probably why there are dozens of companies formulating pastes and whiteners with the promise of a brighter smile. Of course, you can also book it to your dentist for the thousand dollar treatments, but since it’s a recession and I’m on a budget, I wanted to find a way to get my very own set of celebrity pearly whites for as little money as possible.

My dear friend, the beautiful and very beauty savvy, Kate Towne, boasted about one of her all time favorite beauty products: The Rembrant Whitening Touch Up Pen. “I can literally be walking into a meeting put it on in the elevator and by the time I get in the room my teeth are two shades whiter,” says Kate. She also filled me in on a little celeb secret: before walking the red carpet, the Rembrant Whitening Stick is where it’s at!

With this in mind, and award season swooning (and so many great smiles strutting the red carpet), I decided it was time to give my teeth the Rembrandt VIP treatment. I started with the . They’re strips filled with bleaching gunk that you comfortably fit on the bottom and top teeth. You use it once a day for 30 minutes for 7 days. After just three days, I noticed a difference. After five, days my teeth were a good shade whiter. After seven, my teeth were a bit sensitive but white as snow! And at $23.99 for the kit, it’s pretty affordable.

In the mornings and before bed, I brushed with . The mint flavor is easy to swallow and the paste is formulated with “micro-polishing particles and stain-fighting ingredients that clean deeply and whiten.” This is a great in-between to boost the whiteness – after drinking coffee, red wine, smoking (ew/ ugh!), but I’d be lying if I said it really worked to bleach my teeth. The kit is definitely better suited for that task. $7.50

But I’ve got to agree with Kate, the is GENIUS (and my favorite whitening product ever!). It’s portable, can be used virtually anywhere and anytime for a bright white touch up. It instantly bleaches the teeth about a 1/2 a shade whiter and it has a pleasant taste, so it’s not obtrusive. The pen is so fun to use, it’s become quite addictive! This is the best $14.00 that I’ve ever spent on my teeth!

Thanks to Kate for introducing me to the products and thanks to all of those celebrity pearly whites for inspiring me!

Teen Vogue February Cover – Get The Look!

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Our favorite Gossip Girl, Blair Waldorf (a.k.a. Leighton Meester) graces the February cover of Teen Vogue Magazine. She looks clean and youthful, minimal makeup, natural, straight hair… It’s all very Leighton and I want more Blair!

To recreate this look, try using a neutral blush (we like Smashbox’s Blush Rush in Ecstacy) on the apples of your cheeks. Then sweep a very mellow brown on the lid of your eye and under your lower lashes (try MAC’s Remotely Grey). Lashes need a quick coat of mascara (Cover Girl’s Lash Blast is the current fave). For lips, a very au-natural glossy pink (Jouer’s lip gloss in Mist – a shimmering baby pink – would look gorge). For eyebrows, Anastasia’s brow gel (and if you have thin brows, try filling them in with some of her brow powder).

Simple, no fuss makeup!

P.S. The hair color is a too light – Leighton looks tres sexier with those raven locks she sports on GG!


Posh Spice Poshes It Up

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We’ve already confessed our love for the Goody Ouchless Collection… well, here’s another must-have hair accessories line from the company: the CoulorCollection – specifically designed to work with your hair color.

And a celeb supporter of the line – Victoria Beckham. Nice to know that she pairs her $1,500.00 Louboutin heels with a $4.00 headband (pictured above). Apparently, tough times are hitting everyone hard. Posh is such a frugal shopper… Becks must be so proud!

“Victoria Beckham has become the newest convert of the collection” says her hairstylist, Jennie Roberts.

*Photo from the launch of her first dress collection in Selfridges.* Headbands are available at most drugstores.

PRICE TAG: $3.99

P.S. Don’t you love the dark shades at night — who does she think she is, P.Diddy???

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