The 83rd Academy Awards show was a snooze, but the Red Carpet was on fire with the fashion and beauty. Got a favorite celebrity look? Here’s how to recreate some of the best of the night. Cate BlanchettInspiration: Celeb makeup artist Robin Fredriksz used icy tones to complement Cate’s lavender Givenchy Couture gown that proved to be a work of art. Makeup: First, Cate used SK-II’s mask, under eye pads (one of my must haves) and moisturizer to hydrate and prep her skin. For makeup, Robin applied all Lancome products. She started with Teint Miracle Lit-from-Within Foundation. To create a defined yet soft smoky eye, she covered the entire lid with Color Design Eye Shadow in Latte and swiped Color Design Eye Shadow in Volanco in the crease. Then, she used Color Design Eye Shadow in Ciel du Soir as a liner, applying it along the upper and lower lash lines. After a few coats of mascara Robin finished the look by giving Cate a pretty, light lip with Color Design Lipcolor in Pale Lip.Mandy MooreInspiration: “We wanted her makeup to have a strong pop,” said celeb makeup artist Kayleen McAdams about Mandy’s red carpet lips. “I was so inspired by all the coral and orange lips on the runway for spring so I did a tangerine version on the lips and cheeks.” Makeup: Mandy wore all Nars makeup. Kayleen started with Pro-Prime Pore Refining Primer, which is new for spring, to ensure Mandy’s makeup would last the evening and then applied Sheer Matte Foundation. It sounds cliché, but the star’s skin was glowing. That’s in thanks to another new product launching this spring — Copacabana Illuminator. For the eyes, Kayleen applied Corfu Cream Eyeshadow and Coconut Grove Single Eyeshadow and finished by coating lashes with a volumizing mascara. For me, the highlight of Mandy’s makeup was her incredible tangerine lip — this season’s hottest lip color. She is a shining example of how to successfully rock this trend. To get this lip look, swipe on Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square. Natalie PortmanInspiration: The strategy behind Oscar winner Natalie Portman’s makeup was as simple and effortless as she looked. “I was inspired by her dress so I went with more purple tones,” said makeup artist Eileen Kastner-Delago.Makeup: Decked in Dior makeup, Natalie had flawless looking skin. She wore a combo of foundations (Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Foundation #020 and #030) as well as Diorskin Nude Hydrating Concealer #002. To play up her eyes and off her plum dress, Eileen applied a mix of shadows: Dior 1-Colour Eyeshadow in #546 Gold Touch, Dior 2-Colour Eyeshadow in Purple Look #885 and Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Extase Pinks #804. To create Natalie’s fluttery, long lashes, Eileen doubled up on mascaras, swiping on Diorshow Waterproof Mascara in Black and Diorshow Iconic Mascara in Navy Blue. Next, her cheeks were dusted with DiorBlush in Peechy Keen #553. To finish the look, Natalie had a glossy, sexy lip created with Dior Addict Lipstick #623 Infamous Pink and topped with Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss in Apricot Cloche #436.
If you missed my TV segment on great at-home spa treatments, Nu Skin’s best-selling galvanic spa was one of them.
Lucky for us, Nu Skin has created a special discount on this kit just for The Beauty Girl readers. Normally priced at $375, you can get the entire ageLoc Galvanic Spa Package, which includes treatment gels, moisture mist, etc., for $50 off, which comes to $325. It may seem like a splurge, but compared to the pro version of this treatment, which costs from $75 to $150 a pop, this kit ends up being the deal of the century! If you do the math, a single at-home session is about $8.
Product benefits: Improves skin texture, tightens skin, removes toxins, minimizes appearance of wrinkles and other perks to make you look younger. Results are cumulative, so the more you use the spa, the more dramatic the differences.
Contents include: ageLOC Edition Galvanic Spa System II, 2 boxes Galvanic Spa Facial Gels with ageLOC, NaPCA Moisture Mist, DVD, Instruction Guide, Galvanic Brochure and Product Catalog
Below is a video that I warn you is cheesy, but it does give a quick summary as to why this product is all the rage. P.S. This exclusive Beauty Girl discount gives you the spa + gels and other products for $325, which is what the newest version of the galvanic spa retails for on its own.
Word of the Week: Ombre [Ohm-bre]
A fancy word for a hair coloring technique where the color goes on darker at the root and then fades into lighter and brighter highlights on the mid-shaft and ends. Note: Ombre hair color should NOT leave you looking like your roots have grown out. The key to getting this trend right is making sure the deeper shade at the root is soft and gradually bleeds out.
“The great thing about ombre is, it can be subtle and natural or bold and brazen,” says Marisa Moon of NYC’s Sam Brocato Salon. But let’s be real. Unless you’re like Niki Minaj (right) and performing in front of thousands of fans, if you take this style too far, no one will take you seriously. Instead, follow the lead of stars like Jessica Biel, Drew Barrymore and SJP, who rock gorgeous ombre highlights.
Wondering if you’re a candidate for this popular hair trend?
This past Thursday I did a live segment on “Good Day Columbus” sharing my tips for looking great and put together in just a few minutes.
Lancome must have distributed all of their makeup artists wisely because the brand seemed to have a monopoly on the stars, creating the most makeup looks at last night’s Golden Globes. Here’s a rundown featuring the exact products used on each celeb so you can recreate these red-carpet styles. Which one is your favorite?
- Selena Gomez. She showed up single but rumors are swirling that she’s hooking up with the Biebster. (14 votes)
- The clan Kardashian. They’re one brand so think of these sisters as one vote. (10 votes)
- Jennifer Aniston. Excuse her manly Madonna muscles. Her arms are too buff, but her mouth-watering cleavage redeems herself. (7 votes)
Katy Perry flaunted some incredible curves at the 2011 People’s Choice Awards. Want to know how to get her amazing body? Now you can!…from the head up
Celebrity hairstylist Danilo, the man behind Gwen Stefani’s signature locks, created Mrs. Brand’s romantic waves and then shared the steps to doing this ‘do.
Katy arrived on the scene with freshly washed, towel-dried hair so Danilo had a clean base for styling.
1. He first lightly misted her hair with a heat-protective spray to wet and condition.
2. He then focused on prepping her roots for the voluminous style by spraying them with Pantene Pro-V Fine Hair Root Lifter Spray Gel.
3. Next, Danilo blew her hair out and, once dried, rubbed a small dollop of Pantene Pro-V Restore Beautiful Lengths Smoothing Balm section-by-section before he applied heat from the curling iron.
4. He used a medium-sized curling iron to set each section and sprayed a hairspray over the set to give it hold before letting it cool for five minutes.
5. Finally, he then released Katy’s hair, brushed it gently, and “let her hair fall very full and wavy.” He parted her hair to the side with lift in the front, and left her remaining curls big and loose for the final finish.
Blogs are feasting on Natalie Portman’s dramatic makeup and Black Swan how-tos are the video du jour right now on You Tube. I’m also mesmerized by the character and am looking forward to seeing the thriller, and, even more so the dancing, during the holiday. In the meantime, here’s a behind-the-scenes interview with the women responsible for dreaming up this gorgeously bone-chilling look.
Q&A with Black Swan Makeup Department Head Margie Durand and Makeup Designer Judy Chin
Q: Can you give a step by step explanation as to how the Black Swan look was created as well as the products that were used?
Margie: We applied a pale ivory foundation with a white cream highlight on the forehead and cheekbones. To create the swan eyes, we used M·A·C Chromaline in Black Black. Using M·A·C Pigment in Silver combined with Mixing Medium, we applied feathery brushstrokes over the Black Swan’s eyes. The lips were lined with M·A·C Lip Pencil in Vino and topped with M·A·C lipstick in Dubonnet. We then lined the under eye with a thin line using M·A·C Chromaline in Red.
Q: How long did it take to apply Natalie’s “Black Swan” makeup?
Margie: About 45 minutes.
Q: Can you offer any tips for removing heavy makeup without plucking out lashes, irritating the skin, etc.?
Margie: I like to use an eye make-up remover with a bit of oil in it like Clinique’s Take off the Day with soaked cotton pads, which really does loosen mascara around delicate eyelashes. For those who are sensitive to oily removers I prefer Koh Gen Do’s Spa Water. I find it’s a great cleansing water for the face that’s gentle enough for the eyes. I then use preheated, wet wash cloths to remove any traces of make-up or remover before applying a skin balm such as Joelle Ciocco’s Lotion Lactee,which not only moisterizers but is also soothing on the skin.
P.S. Both of the eye makeup removers Margie mentioned are my personal go-tos!
Q: The ballerinas’ performance makeup in the movie is especially dramatic and visually arresting. What inspired the dark romantic makeup look?
Judy: The look was inspired by the story, and by the director, Darren Aronofsky. I felt that he was looking for something dramatic and visually striking, so all of the intensity was focused in the eyes. Margie Durand realized that there were elements of our beautiful set design that should play a role in our makeup. Thus, the delicate silver branches that played across the swan’s faces came to be. The ensemble swans and the Swan Queen are delicate and romantic with a soft pink lip color, whereas the Black Swan is dark, sharp, and, angular.
Q: A ballerina has an incredibly active job, and in Black Swan, the characters wear both body and face makeup. What products did you use in the film that you were certain would hold up to the lights, movement and perspiration?
Judy: We used pancake makeup with a spray sealant to ensure that it wouldn’t rub off on the costumes. We also used M·A·C Paint Pots, M·A·C Powerpoint Eye Pencils, and M·A·C Pigments. In addition, we applied some alcohol based pigments that are virtually water proof and rub proof.
Q: Did you use any products in a non-traditional way?
Judy: We mixed the M·A·C Pigment in Silver with a sealant to create a waterproof liquid. We then used this metallic liquid to paint our delicate silver branches across the little swan faces.
Q: Black Swan makeup tutorials have popped up all over the Internet. Why do you think makeup fans are fascinated with this look, even before the film’s release?
Judy: What’s not to be fascinated with? The look is intense, alluring, and sexy with a bit of danger mixed in. Frankly, I’m flattered and pleased that there has been this much interest in the Black Swan makeup.
Q: How can the everyday woman translate the dramatic Black Swan makeup into an evening look?
Judy: There are a lot of aspects to this makeup that are standard elements for a classic beauty makeup. The highlights and contours along the cheekbones, nose, jaw line, and the pout of the mouth can all be adapted to a contemporary makeup. I also think one could incorporate the dramatic eyeliner – the angles and the intensity – into a very seductive, catlike smoky eye.
Margie: Think 1920’s vamp makeup: create the smoky Black Swan eyes with slender, silver eye liner applied under black wingtip liner and add thin wisps of silver liner over the eyelid, too. Rim the waterline with black liner and top it off with full, feathery false eyelashes. Apply a very matte foundation with contoured cheekbones and a hint of shimmery blush on apple of cheeks. Lips can be matte or glossy in dark eggplant, wine and even black colours!
Q: How long does it typically take for you to prepare to start working on a movie like Black Swan?
Judy: I spend a lot of time drawing and doing practical makeup tests. Depending on actor availability and camera tests, it could take three to four weeks of preparation.
Q: What other films have you worked on?
Judy: The Unbelievable Truth, Ghost Dog, Requiem for a Dream, Frida, House of Sand and Fog, Broken Flowers, The Fountain, Blood Diamond, Across the Universe, Synecdoche New York, All Good Things, The Wrestler, Sex and The City: The Movie, Sex and The City 2, Dream House and The Tempest.
Q: How did you get into the film industry and how many years have you been working with makeup on film sets?
Margie: I began working on music videos in the late 1980’s and I have been a makeup artist for 22 years.
Judy: I’ve been working in the film industry for 22 years, as well. I got started by working on any project I could get my hands on that required a makeup artist. I worked on low budget films, no budget films and music videos. Some of those projects were extremely difficult because they were so small that they often never even considered what a difference a good makeup department could have made. That said, I always managed to enjoy my work, be innovative, and enjoy the creative process with the actors. I was lucky to meet some wonderful crews early on, and they inspired me to persevere. It totally paid off.
Q: What is the one M·A·C product that you cannot go on set without? Why?
Margie: I use so many M·A·C products on every job, but the Blot Powders are a must for whatever seems to be going on with my makeup at any given moment!
Judy: I guess I would have to say a Powerpoint Eye Pencil. I think I could make up anyone with just one Powerpoint Eye Pencil. Or at lease enhance their features.
I sat down with glamazon and celebrity dancer Kym Johnson of the hit show Dancing with the Stars at Chicago’s Wit hotel to find out about the new Dancing with the Stars hair extension collection, her beauty secrets and what goes on behind the scenes. Too bad Kym and David Hasseloff where the first to go this season. She told me she was planning a dance with a Knight Rider theme. That would have been fun to watch! Hopefully this video, shot in the bustling lobby, will make up for it. You may think I’m being a suck-up, but I have to say, Kym really is one of the sweetest, down-to-earth, friendly celebs I’ve met. She’s like sunshine! Er, maybe that’s the effect of her adorable Aussie accent.
Before I chatted with Kym, I had a fun hairstyling session where I got to try on all the different styles in the line, which ranges from around $20 to $50. I was also pleased to find out you can use hot tools on all of the hair. Below are pics of me modeling some of my favorite pieces.
Wearing the same combo of extensions Kym’s wearing in the video: Glamorama and Salsaloosa.
Look Ma, I’ve got bangs, thanks to Bango Tango, and long hair, courtesy of Go! Go! Girl.
If you want to get your hands on these extensions now, four styles are currently available at Ulta. The rest will be sold on HSN starting Jan. 1.
Below are links to the products I featured on the NBC 5 TV segment: