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Spring Beauty Inspired by “Mad Men’s” Peggy Olsen


If you’ve been watching Season 6 of Mad Men, you’ve probably taken note of Megan Draper’s (Jessica Paré) over-the-top mid-’60s-style beauty looks. Dark, dramatically lined eyes, erased lips, voluminous hairstyles … you get the idea. But, the makeup looks I’ve been coveting (and wanting to recreate) are those seen on Peggy Olson (Elizabeth Moss). Kinda surprising, right?

While her looks fall more on the natural side, the makeup artists on set have been having some fun with her eyeshadow colors. But, when Olsen (Moss) wears a bright blue or seafoam-colored eyeshadow, it’s applied in a way that is subtle, yet eye-catching.

Take the photo above. In this episode, when Olsen (Moss) blinked, you could see that her lids with dusted with an electric, primary blue shade (something like Nars Matte Eyeshadow in Outremer, $24). Because the color didn’t extend beyond her creases and wasn’t swept along her lower lashes, it was super wearable. Like peekaboo eyeshadow. Something we all (regardless of age or occasion) can pull off.

Nars Matte Eyeshadow in Outremer In this Sunday’s episode, Olsen’s (Moss) lids were dusted with a sheer wash of a shimmery, light greenish shade (something like BareMinerals Velvet Eyecolor in Velvet Pistachio, $14). Unfortunately I haven’t seen a great photo of the look.


I’m definitely going to play with wearing more color on my eyes this season. I tend to go for bold lips, but I’m ready for a change. And, Miss Olsen (Moss) will be my inspiration.

Image: Jordin Althaus/AMC

Dakota Fanning’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Red Carpet Look

By the time some of you true Twihards out there read this, you’ll have already seen the highly-anticipated final flick in the Twilight series. And, if you’ve been paying attention to all of the hoopla surrounding the release of this film, then you probably know that the lovely Dakota Fanning showed up at the premiere as a brunette. What do you think of her new hair color?

I think it definitely adds a level of sophistication to her look. And, the makeup she sported was the perfect complement to her new hue. One of my in-the-know friends gave me scoop how to copy her look. Here’s the breakdown:


Dermalogica Age Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30, $48. (Love this stuff!)


Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour in Burnished Copper, $22.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash Mascara in Black, $22.


Nars The Multiple in Portofino, $39.


Stila Long Wear Lip Color in Intriguing, $20.

It’s the perfect makeup look for day or night. A classic go-to.

Image: SFGate

Copy Cameron Diaz’s “Feline Eye” Seen at the UK What to Expect When You’re Expecting Premiere

I’m a Cameron Diaz fan for one reason: though she does have a perfectly fit, rockin’ body, she doesn’t always look totally perfect and flawless. Especially her skin. She clearly hasn’t been spending as much time at the spa or plastic surgeon/dermatologist’s office as some of her colleagues. It’s refreshing. That’s why, when I saw this photo of her from the UK premiere of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, I was wowed. Her skin, makeup and overall look is flawless and stunning.

Naturally I had to share the scoop on how makeup artist Emma Lovell created her makeup look so we can all copy it. Here’s the deal:

“The makeup was designed to complement Cameron’s cream Stella McCartney jumpsuit, her choppy blonde bob and her dramatic earrings. I wanted a cute feline eye to be the main attraction, keeping the lips pretty and fresh with a plum stain,” says Lovell.

How to get it:

Step 1: Prime your skin (Lovell used Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum, $65).

Step 2: Create a matte complexion by applying a liquid powder foundation (she used Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation in Sand, $55).

Step 3: Brighten up your eye area by dabbing a bit of eye brightening concealer under your eyes (she used Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener, $38).

Step 4: Contour your face by applying bronzing cream under your cheekbones and blush on the apples of your cheeks using your fingertips (she used Hourglass Illume Crème-To-Powder Bronzer Duo in Sunset, $40). Add a dab of illuminating cream on your cheeks to finish.

Step 5: Fill in your brows with pencil (she used MAC Eye Brows Pencil in Fling, $15)

Step 6: Apply a shimmery, shell-colored eyeshadow on your lids and a deep copper shade in your creases and along your lashlines (Lovell used Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Gypsy, $38).

Step 7: Line top lashlines with liquid liner (she used Hourglass Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner in Ebony, $32). “I started with a very a thin line at the inner corner of the eye and made it thicker as I went along, kicking it out for a subtle kitten eye,” says Lovell. Next, go over the line with the deep copper shadow to soften it a bit “it’s not so retro that way,” adds Lovell.

Step 8: Apply black mascara and a set of full faux lashes. Get scoop on how to apply false lashes here.

Step 9: Finish by applying a plum, berry lipstick with your fingertip for a stain-like finish. Lovell used Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Nocturnal, $30 and topped it with a bit of balm for a touch of shine (she used Rodial Glam Balm Lip, $25).

How Many Eye Makeup Products Does it Take to Create a Red Carpet-Worthy Look?

While perusing photos from the fabulous 2012 MET Gala, I came across this shot of Glee star Lea Michele. I totally dig her eye makeup look here, and wondered: What does it really take to create a similar look? One that would photograph equally as well. I recently had some photos taken and I am always amazed at how natural I end up looking in shots, even after applying more makeup than usual. So, I was curious to know what Michele’s makeup artist did with her eye makeup for this occasion to create this stunning, notice-me look. Here’s what celebrity makeup artist Melanie Inglessis did:

First, she lined Michele’s eyes with a plum eyeliner. She used Avon Eye Brightening Pencil in Plumberry, $7. Next she swiped Michele’s lids with two shades of creamy copper eyeshadow — one neutral, one brighter. She used Avon Eye Brightening Pencil in Honey Blue, $7 from lashlines to creases and Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Enrapture, $26 on the inner corners of the eyes. Then, using a crease brush, she blended the edges of the plum liner with the copper shadow to create a smoky effect.

To add more drama to the eyes, she swiped a dark chocolate colored shadow over the plum liner (she used Chanel Ombre Essentielle in Mahogany, $28.50), and finished the eyes with two coats of black mascara (she used Avon ExtraLasting Mascara in Extreme Black, $9.50). Though she didn’t mention adding false lashes or the fact that Michele has lash extensions, I’m assuming that one of the two things helped complete the lash-heavy look. (more…)

Reader Q: “What Makeup Line Do You Recommend?”

Reader Question: “What makeup line would you recommend?? I am in desperate need of new products!” — Devon

The Answer: Though I tend to cherry pick products across a ton of brands, I totally understand that it can be much more efficient to stick with one brand and buy all of your essentials from it. With that being said, I recommend the following two brands — one drugstore mass brand and one department store prestige brand — so you can pick the one that’s right for your budget and one that’s easily accessible:

Drugstore/Mass Brand: L’Oreal Paris

I  recommend L’Oreal Paris as a go-to brand for all of your makeup essentials because they offer everything from highly-pigmented eyeshadow shades in classic and trendy hues to a fabulous collection of moisturizing lip glosses (the L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Gloss) in 16 gorgeous shades (Blushing Berry is my fave). Finding eyeshadows that pack a serious punch of pigment at the drugstore isn’t easy, by the way. And, in addition to carrying foundations, primers and highlighters that can stand up to their department store counterparts, the brand makes one of my favorite mascaras (the L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara) and lip colors (the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in Ravishing Red). All at an affordable price.

Department Store/Prestige Brand: Make Up For Ever

This was a trickier choice for me to make. I considered MAC, Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder, Laura Mercier, Chanel and Lancome for various reasons — great mascaras, eyeliners, foundations, eyeshadows of various textures, etc. But, I settled on Make Up For Ever for a few key reasons. First, the lightweight Make Up For Ever Face & Body Foundation has been a favorite of mine for years. It gives great waterproof coverage without feeling like makeup on your skin. I’ve used it off and on since the late ’90s. And second, they make one of my favorite liquid liners of all time (the Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner). Add to that a miracle loose powder (Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder) and fabulous makeup brushes and eyeshadows in every shade and texture imaginable, and you have a perfectly well-rounded brand of gorgeous makeup. If I had to say it has one downfall, it’s that the brand hasn’t yet made a mascara that’s totally wowed me. Otherwise though, you can pretty much get everything you need (well, and don’t need) from Make Up For Ever.

If you’re looking for a dependable brand to fill your makeup bag, these would be my recommendations. But, if you have a specific category of product you’re in the market for, I might suggest something else.

For those of you out there that do have a go-to brand, which one is it? I’d love to hear about it.

Recreate Olivia Wilde’s “Badass Eye” Makeup Look

When Olivia Wilde wanted to rock a “badass eye” for her Baseball in the Time of Cholera premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival last week she called on badass New York City-based makeup artist Tina Turnbow. Using Wilde’s almond shaped eyes as a guide, Turnbow created this glamorous yet rock ‘n’ roll makeup look. Follow her steps to recreate the look on your pretty face:


Step 1: Even out your skin tone and camouflage spots or redness by applying a power foundation. Use a smaller brush to cover areas around your eyes. Try the foundation Turnbow calls her “favorite product right now”, the Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Powder Foundation SPF 20, $34. Turnbow digs the fact that it’s “brightening, but matte at the same time.”

Step 2: Sculpt your cheeks and forehead using a neutral honey-brown tone. Try Revlon Photoready Sculpting Blush Palette in Neutral, $10.49. Use a bit of each shade in the palette and blend it on your forehead and cheekbones.


Step 1: After prepping lids with primer or a flesh-colored shadow, blend a light brown shade in your creases. Try Smashbox Shades of Fame Eye Palette and Brush, $48. Turnbow used the Nude shade from this palette.

Step 2: Blend a honey-colored shadow on the inner corners of your eyes. Turnbow used the Honey shade from the aforementioned palette.

Step 3: Following the natural shape of your eyes (something Turnbow thinks is key to getting an eye makeup look that really works), line your lashlines with black liquid liner. Try Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eye Pen in Blackest Black, $8.99.

Step 4: Line your inner rims with black pencil liner (try Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner in Black, $6.79) then, using a smudge brush like Make Up For Ever Smudge Brush 14S, $32, smudge the pencil liner into the liquid to soften it and to extend the lines at your outer corners for a fierce finish.

Step 5: Apply a few coats of mascara. Try Revlon Photoready 3D Volume Mascara, $8.99. (more…)

Timeless Wedding Makeup for Brides or Guests-to-Be

Wedding season is quickly approaching. How many save-the-dates are plastered on your fridge? I already have two and know that a third is on its way, which means it’s time to talk wedding makeup.

If you’re a bride-to-be or a guest-to-be, going for a timeless makeup look that plays up your natural features is the way to go. The photos will live on (Thanks Facebook timeline!), so you won’t want to be the bride or guest who looked so 2012. If you’re digging for inspiration, look no further than the gorgeous and fresh makeup seen at the Marchesa Bridal Spring 2013 Runway Show.

Makeup artist Talia Shobrook created the look, which she calls “whimsical and effervescent” — one that will make you look both “innocent and sensual.” I think it’s stunning. Here’s how to get the look:

SKIN: Create a “fresh and dewy finish” with the following steps courtesy of Shobrook …

Step 1: Mix moisturizing cream with SPF (try Laura Mercier Mega-Moisturizer Crème SPF 15, $50) and a glow-enhancing primer (try Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance, $30) and apply it on your face to get a natural-looking glow.

Step 2: Conceal under eye circles (try Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, $22) and hide any blemishes or redness with Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, $28)

Step 3: Apply a creamy foundation (try Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation, $42) to your face to perfect your complexion.

Step 4: Dust your T-zone with setting powder (try Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder, $34) to control unflattering shine, but leave the rest of your skin without powder for a glowing finish.

EYES: Play up your eyes to help them sparkle with these tips from Shobrook …

Step 1: Mix a honey-pink eyeshadow with grey (try Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colours Stellar and Primrose, $22) and swipe them on your lids from lashlines to creases.

Step 2: Blend a taupe-colored shadow into your creases (try Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Fresco, $22).

Step 3: Line your top lids with a pinky-peach shimmery eyeshadow (try Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour in Ballet Pink, $22) creating a “slight flick” at the outer corners of your eyes. “The eyeliner should be thin, and bright,” says Shobrook.

Step 4: Line lower lashlines with a dark brown powder shadow using an eyeliner brush (try Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Truffle, $22). Blend it a bit to soften the line.

Step 5: Finish the eyes by applying a lengthening mascara and topping it with a coat of volumizing mascara just on the center section of your lashes.

CHEEKS AND LIPS: For easy on-the-go touch-ups, Shobrook used the same product on cheeks and lips. “The creamy formula adds a lovely natural flush to the face,” says Shobrook. Here’s how to apply it …

Step 1: Apply a soft berry pink lipstick to the apples of your cheeks and blend it well to give your face a natural flushed finish. Try Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Mango, $24 (this new shade will be available in stores September 2012)

Step 2: Blend the same lipstick on your lips to complete the look. Gorgeous!

Recreate Julia Roberts’ Natural, But Polished Makeup Look

Julia Roberts seems to get better looking every year — agree? I only hope I can age as successfully. At Saturday’s Mirror Mirror premiere she looked stunning, but natural at the same time. Her hair and makeup looked flawless yet effortless, which was totally appropriate for an early-in-the-day event. We got the scoop on how makeup artist Genevieve created the look so that you can copy it for your next daytime event (or for your everyday look).

First, she created a “very soft eyewash” by applying a navy cream liner (she used Lancome Liner Design in Indigo Darling, $24.50) on Roberts’ upper lids close to her lashlines.

Next, she dusted a sheer shimmer shadow on the inner corners of her eyes. She used the lightest shimmery shade from the Lancome Color Design Quad in Twirling in Tulle, $43. She then used a dark matte plum hue on Roberts’ lids from lashlines to creases. She finished by blending the two shadow shades together and applying black mascara (she used Lancome Définicils Mascara, $26) to both top and bottom lashes.

To complement the soft eye look, Genevieve dusted Roberts’ cheeks with Lancome Blush Subtil in Miel Glace, $30 (a pinky-peach shade) and coated her lips with a pinkish nude lipstick (she used Lancome Rouge in Love Lipstick in Lasting Kiss, $25). Pretty and wearable.

Image: Getty Images

Hair and Makeup Tricks Courtesy of L’Oreal Paris Experts Plus Enter Our Glam Giveaway

I caught up with the hair and makeup pros who were busy beautifying guests for the many events, parties and dinners that take place during Golden Globes weekend. Here are the top five tips I personally think are worth adopting:

Tip 1: Use eyeshadow base. Though many of us skip this step, makeup artist April Chaney says it’s essential if you want your eye makeup to last all day. It also helps the shadow you put over it really pop.

Tip 2: Change up your part. Confession: I rarely (OK, never) change up my part. My hair just wants to part where it wants to part and it’s not easy to fight it. But, after chatting with hairstylist Ramiro Rodriguez I am going to start to make an effort to switch it up. He said that if we always wear the same part, our hair actually thins out along that part. Based on my own experience I believe this to be true, though I’ll have to confirm with a doc. Either way, it can’t hurt to make a change every once in a while, right?

Tip 3: Always finish your makeup look by sweeping loose powder under your eyes using a tapered eyeshadow brush, says Chaney. It’ll prevent makeup from creasing it that area.

Tip 4: Add a bit of movement and soft texture to strands while flat ironing. If you’re not going for a pin-straight style, twist some of the sections of your hair before gliding over them with a flat iron. Rodriguez says this will add a bit of bend to your hair and give you a more lived-in finish.

Tip 5: Top your lip color with clear gloss to keep lips looking fresh all day. Chaney says that when celebrities need to look fabulous for the cameras for hours, her trick is to first apply a lip color of choice and then top it with a glassy, clear gloss like L’Oreal Color Riche Le Gloss in Naturally Nude, $7.95. As the day goes on only reapply the gloss to freshen up your lip color and keep your lips looking moist. It’ll act like a barrier for your color — keeping it intact all day.

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12 Days of Beauty-Full Gift Ideas All Under $20 — Day 5

Day 5: Stila Daydream Palette, $18

The eye makeup junkie in your life will squeal when you give her this kaleidoscope-inspired, adorable eyeshadow palette. With 22 — yes, twenty two — shades that range from taupe and champagne-y neutrals to look-at-me teals and blues, she’s sure to find a favorite shade, or five. This is one that I might just have to buy for myself, well, and for my sister, of course.

Do you buy gifts for yourself when holiday shopping or is that just me? It’s almost impossible to resist, right?!

Did you miss yesterday’s post? Check out Day 4: MAC Kids Helping Kids Tree Teddy Holiday Ornament, $18