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Face Value: Met Ball 2014 Beauty

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Old Hollywood reigned supreme at the Met Ball gala 2014. Quite a departure from last year’s theme of punk rock where celebrities and fashion’s elite played with pops of color, graphic lines and bedazzled headpieces. Last night’s fete – celebrating the opening of the Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibit – saw a return to classic glamour, both in beauty and fashion sensibilities (save for a few exceptions).

Trends of the evening:

On a fashion note, back to basics seemed to be the theme of the evening. Muted colors like black, white, nude, silver and grey. Sarah Jessica Parker, Naomi Watts, Rosamund Pike, Margot Robbie, Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Pare, Chloë Moretz and Cara Delevingne were just a few of the celebrities who opted for classic black and white gowns (or, in the case of Cara Delevingne, a pant suit).

Makeup was, for the most part, classic. Red lips (a bevy of celebs sported this trend including Marion Cotillard, Sarah Silverman, Amanda Peet and Amber Heard), heavy lashes (Jessica Alba and Zooey Deschanel, to name two), gilded eyes (as seen on Amber Heard and Emma Stone), glowing skin (Lupita, Kate and Lily). Hair had two distinct trends – the updo (teased like Amber Heard and Suki Waterhouse or princess like Diane Kruger and Amy Adams) and the exaggerated side part and glam curls (seen on Blake Lively and Jessica Alba).

Here, the best and worst of Met Ball 2014:

Amber Heard – Gilded eyes and a brick-red lip paired with a teased updo… so, so sexy and chic.

Beyonce – This may be my favorite look of the night. A deep cranberry lip, low chignon, pale, simple eye… it’s all so glam. But add this stunning laced headpiece and Old Hollywood has its modern poster child. Perfection!

Blake Lively – YES! Old Hollywood from the nude Gucci gown to the exaggerated side part and glam curls. Opting for a pink lip as opposed to red gives this look a contemporary twist.

Brie Larson – This hair confuses me on so many levels.

Charlize Theron – The quintessential movie star – statuesque, classy and absolutely gorgeous. The black and white Dior gown stuns, as does her staple smokey eye and nude lip.

Diane Kruger – Like many at last night’s gala, Diane opted for princess glamour with a regal updo and polished makeup. Nothing out of the ordinary, but beautiful none-the-less.

Emma Stone – LOVE this hair and makeup. Very bohemian meets Jane of the jungle. The makeup is both dewy and shimmery in pale shades that play well against the bright pink Thakoon number. And that loose side braid is everything.

Felicity Jones – There is something eerily goth about this look. Perhaps it’s the black satin gown and the short, dark hair with equally dark eyes. It’s modern and moody and Felicity pulls it off effortlessly.

Joan Smalls – Bright purple lips – YES! Add in the side fishtail and you’ve got a modern day, Jetson muse.

Kate Mara – Another glowing complexion paired with a gorgeous gilded eye. And that messy, blonde lob (roots and all) is perfection.

Lily Aldridge – The metallic Michael Kors dress pairs perfectly with simple makeup, glowing skin and an effortless bun. Those eyebrows are envy-inducing.

Lupita Nyong’o – Lupita gets serious marks for originality. This green Prada flapper number (complete with a headpiece) is all fashion (love or loathe it). And true to form, she wears color so well. Her purple lids are a unique addition to the emerald dress.

Maggie Gyllenhaal – The bleached blonde pixie cut washes out her skin tone. And she looks seriously tired. Not a winning evening for Mags.

Reese Witherspoon – Very PINKy — not that I’m mad at it. While I’m not always a fan of the matching mouth and gown, this bold pink is a welcomed spring reprieve. Dare I say, Barbie-esque?

Rihanna – That body! And what a statement it makes in a midriff, backless top and floor length Stella McCartney skirt. Sculpted cheekbones, defined eyes and shimmering lips pair perfectly with the all white attire. The hair is a bit high and hectic, but all is forgiven when you take in the look as a whole.

Suki Waterhouse – Another nude dress and red lip combo. Oh, how I love this Burberry tulled gown! The teased updo adds a hint of cheeky fun.

Taylor Swift – One of my favorite pairings is a pink dress and red lips and Taylor works this look perfectly. She’s most always the pinnacle of polished and last night was no exception.

Zoe Kravitz – Bleached blonde hair, don’t care! I loved seeing someone take a chance with color. This red smokey eye and matching stained lip is absolutely stunning.

Zooey Deschanel – She scores points for the on-trend glam lashes, but that hair — woahhh. This is the Met Ball, not a southern beauty pageant! But we Zooey – she’s usually one of our favorites on the hair and makeup front.


Looking Back: Met Ball 2013

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Tonight’s Met Ball is sure to be entertaining – with gorgeous gowns, flawless makeup and updo’s aplenty. But first, let’s take a look back at last year’s punk-themed celebration.

Here are the 5 trends we loved (and loathed) of The Met Ball 2013:

Braids were everywhere: from SJP’s intricate fishtail to Miranda Kerr and Cara Delevingne’s punk glam side part and loose french braids. Let’s not forget the braided updos like Jessica Alba and Emily Blunt. Are braids punk? Apparently.


A red-almost blackish lip is most definitely a sign of the rocker times. Women who wore it well (and a few that put a modern twist on the death-like pout): Rooney Mara, Minka Kelley and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Get Rosie’s look from tarte makeup artist Monika Blunder. Monika created a custom burgundy shade for Rosie by layering two colors. First, she filled in Rosie’s lips with LipSurgence lip tint in Moody (a deep berry) and then went over it with glamazon pure performance 12-hour lipstick in wild, (a vivid red) to create a long-lasting, edgy hue.


Nobody embodied punk in quite the same fashion as Sarah Jessica Parker. She KILLED it, in special part due to that amazing Phillip Treacy mohawk headpiece. Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin added a jeweled Jennifer Behr headband (like this Swarovski encrusted one here) to Minka Kelly’s braided mastery. And let us not forget about Sienna Miller’s exaggerated side part and awesome studded headpiece (which looks a lot like Eddie Borgo – get your punk on with this Eddie Borgo studded bracelet!).


Ah, the eyes. Punk was about graphic lines and lots of black. Karolina Kurkova and Cara Delevingne stayed true to this punk look while other, like Ginnifer Goodwin, Jessica Pare and January Jones went completely (and tragically) overboard.


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Adding a punch of neon pink seemed to be a trend of the evening. From Diane Kruger’s textured pony and pink ends to Emily Blunts bold fuschia-lined eyes. Even Gwyneth played with pink, donning the color’s bold hue from head to toe, thanks to Valentino. Get Emily’s eyes by recreating celebrity makeup artist Jenn Streicher’s creative steps: Use NARS Jardin des Plantes Satin Lip Pencil and Desire Powder Blush on lids.


How To: Punk Up Your Makeup

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With the Met Ball 2013’s theme being punk, rocker-chic is on the minds of fashionistas worldwide. You can punk up your wardrobe quite effortlessly. Do as my girl crush Sienna Miller did and accessorize with Eddie Borgo’s studded necklace  (the bracelet is pretty punk too) or  Genevieve Jone’s safety pin earrings (I own and LOVE these). But when it comes to makeup, punk can be gravely misinterpreted and tragically overdone. We asked makeup artist extraordinaire Rose-Marie Swift , owner of organic color line RMS Beauty, who painted the faces of beauties like Gisele, Lily Aldridge and Miranda Kerr (one of my personal favorite looks) for the Met’s Chaos to Couture themed gala to impart her rocker-girl wisdom on us common folk at home. Here are Rose-Marie’s tips for punking up your beauty routine (and still looking fierce, not frightening):

“Start by applying a moisturizing foundation that will not look dry or powdery. Glowing is great for a modern day punk look. RMS Beauty “un”cover-up is what I used on Gisele.

Contour and shape the face to sculpt strong angles. We are aiming for a strong look but don’t go too heavy. Blending is the secret to avoid a harsh look. Try a darker shade of RMS Un Cover-Up to contour. For Gisele, I used #33 as foundation and #44 to shade. If you’re fair, try #11 as your foundation and #33 as your contour.

A black raw smokey eye is created preferably with a cream shadow to get a slight creasing for that slept in look. That is both sensuous and alluring without looking cheap. Use RMS Beauty “Karma” Cream Eye Shadow, I used it on both Gisele and the model from the photo (above).

Create a slight blended cat eye for a more wearable look. So that it doesn’t look too 1980’s – and has more of a contemporary spin – concentrate on just a slight sideways oval shape. Don’t go too black because that can borderline in the rock and roll, runway-only direction.

Add glow to reflect light. RMS Living Luminizer or a bit of oil to the cheekbones works well. Stay away from a frosted highlighter direction or it gets too glam.

Powder only in the t-zone and keep it subtle. RMS Beauty “un”powder is fantastic for this purpose. A too heavy powdered look looses the punk effect and ends up looking heavy and flat.

To modernize the look, keep the lips more natural with RMS Beauty Lip Shine in Moment. If you choose to go extreme, use a dark rich reddish burgundy. RMS Beauty lip2cheek in Rapture mixed with Illusive is an ideal color. Stay away from bright red as that, again, changes the look towards a more glam direction

Comb the eyebrows up with a little brow gel or hair spray. For more drama, darken the brow slightly using a soft brown powder shadow.

Lastly, you can add a strong line of black kohl pencil along the inside waterline of the eye for a more dramatic effect.”

–Rose-Marie Swift

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*photos courtesy of RMS Beauty; photo credit: Taea Thale

The Making of a Met Ball Beauty

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The Met Ball is highly regarded as the “Oscar’s for fashion” so naturally the who’s-who of the fashion industry shows up wearing their fashion finest. Last night, everyone from Gywneth Paltrow, Mary-Kate Olsen, Alexa Chung, Gisele, Karolina Kurkova – and so many more – gathered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the 2012 Costume Institute Gala honoring Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations.

One such lucky Met Ball attendee was Vogue Booking’s Editor Valerie Boster. Valerie is a very good friend of mine so when she asked that I do her makeup for the gala, I was… to put it mildly, flattered. And, of course, I documented the steps to share with you. So, here it is: the making of a Met Ball Beauty.

Valerie Boster, Vogue Bookings Editor.
Dress: Jason Wu
Hair: Pierre Michel (a side pony with lift at the roots and an intricate criss cross design in the back).
Makeup: Sarah Howard (focus on eyes with a a bronzy complexion. We were going for a contemporary spin on the 1960s cat eye).

Step 1: I prepped the face with Chanel’s Hydramax + Active and spot treated really dry areas with Make Up For Ever’s HD Elixir.

Step 2: I combined Dolce + Gabbana Perfect Finish Creamy Foundation with Make Up For Ever HD Foundation and a pump of Burberry’s Fresh Glow. I mixed all three together and applied to the face with a foundation brush. (I’m all about blending, mixing, and layering!)

Step 3: I applied spot treat under eye circles and areas that need added coverage with RMS “Un” Cover-Up.

Step 4: I used Smashbox Eye Shadow in Sand to the entire lid, from lash line to brow bone. This is an eggshell white color. It opens eyes and covers all uneven skin tone all the eyelid.

Step 5: Now that the skin has had some time to dry, I dusted Serge Lutens Blusher, which is actually the perfect shade of matte bronzer, over the face, focusing on areas that would look naturally sun-kissed: cheeks, mainly, with a light sweep on forehead and chin.

Step 5: Using a blush brush, I applied Kevyn Aucoin’s The Creamy Glow in Liquifuschia to the cheeks. This is the perfect pink to bring life into the cheeks.

Step 6: Back to the eyes, I used tarte’s emphasEyes Clay Shadow Stick in Bronze and applied to the top lash line, smudging up and out (but not smoking), and lightly to the bottom lash line, smudging some more. This product is amazing because it is one part cream shadow, one part eye pencil so it is efficiently malleable.

Step 7: The cat eye. I used my go to liquid liner, Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black. Waterproof is essential to ensure all evening wear. For a video tutorial on how to do a vat eye, click HERE.

Step 8: I applied St. Tropez Skin Illuminator to areas of the face that I wanted to accentuate: cheek bones, bridge of nose, above the lip, and then a light pat all over the face.

Step 8: I layered Dolce & Gabbana The Blush in Provocative on top of the Kevyn Aucoin cream blush, again to ensure lasting abilities.

Step 9: I applied tarte EmphasEyes High Definition Eye Pencil in Dark Brown to the lower water line. This brings out Valerie’s green eyes.

Step 10: Lancome’s Hypnose Doll Lashes in Black was used for the top lashes, paying extra attention to the outer lashes. This increases that batty lash look.

Step 11: Finally, I swept MAC’s Extra Diminish Skinfinish Superb, a shimmery rose-bonze face powder over cheeks, nose and décolleté for a goddess finish.

RULE OF THUMB: When layering products, always use a cream before powder. Powder adheres to cream.

Dry Lips: To ready Valerie’s lips for a night of smiles, we had to get rid of the dead skin (her lips were very chapped). I had her scrub with Fresh Sugar Lip Polish for a good five minutes and, as you can see below, lips were perfectly smooth and flake-free.

*Valerie used her own lipstick but we agree on a “French pink” pout (in between bubble gum pink and barely there pink).

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