I dropped by the studio (which is surprisingly small!) the night before to deliver my props.
Getting all the beauty products in order, thanks to the wonderful prop stylist.
I had so much fun dancing on the plaza while Flo Rida performed. Definitely knocked out any jitters.
Moments before the live tease that shows viewers my segment is coming up next.
60 seconds until I go live! I always thought there would be tons of people in the studio. Actually, it was very low key. Just me, Tamron and a couple of camera guys. Amazing how quickly 4 minutes and 30 seconds goes by when you're having fun.
Did you like the segment? Is there a beauty or style segment you’d like to see on TV? I wanna know…it could end up being the topic of my next segment.
Hair color is more than a physical attribute. I quickly realized this when I went platinum blonde. It was for a story I wrote for Marie Claire a few years back. I tested the cliches first hand. Now L’Oreal is getting to the bottom of hair color stereotypes, too. Do blondes really have more fun? Are brunettes brainy? Click here to take L’Oreal’s survey.
I had so much fun this morning at Windy City Live talking spring beauty trends and how to get them with products for all under $10. Check it out!
P.S. Here are some behind-the-scenes shots as WCL’s co-host Val and I get ready to go live.
photos by Tyler Furlan
Have you heard of beso.com? It’s a site devoted to shopping (need I say more). To help the hunt, they pick the brains of industry peeps like myself to see what’s on our lists, which may just inspire yours. So, when I was asked about the beauty products I’m all about right now, of course I had to tell. Read More
Gwyneth Paltrow’s makeup artist may not be on your speed dial, but you can still find out the secrets to recreate the star’s Oscar look. I’ve chosen some of my favorite beauties of the night and am sharing the how-to directions straight from their celeb hairstylists and makeup artists.
Celebrity makeup artist Leslie Lopez described her client Gwyneth Paltrow's makeup as "elegantly bronzed." Here's how she did it:
Face: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 PA +++ gave skin a sun-kissed glow. She then patted Super Orgasm Illuminator onto the apples of the cheeks. P.S. the tinted moisturizer was also slathered on her neck, décolletage, and shoulders.
EYES: The champagne side of NARS Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow applied on the eyelid for a pop of gold, followed by a Maybelline brown liquid eyeliner along the lashline. The look was finished with NARS Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara.
LIPS: NARS Odalisque Larger Than Life Lip Gloss
** NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 PA +++ was also applied to her
Hairstylist David Babaii created Sandra Bullock's "Pony Style."
To style, he began with Miracle Oil by David Babaii which was applied to gently towel dried hair for added shine and thermal protection. Next, he divided the hair into 4 sections (top, sides and nape) to ensure proper drying, smoothing each section perfectly straight. David used the nozzle attachment to control airflow along with a medium paddle brush to create this sleek straight finish. To achieve the perfect pony, David lightly sprayed her hair with IT&LY HAIRFASHION'S Pure Definition Hairspray and started smoothing and lifting the hair into a high ponytail. This provides extra control and a frizz free shine. To secure, he used a coated band, wrapping a small section of the ponytail around the band several times and securing with a few bobby pins. Next, he added a combination of the Miracle Oil and Pure Definition Hairspray to the palms of his hands and slid down the ponytail for additional shine and sleekness. To finish, he added a small decorative pin to the side.
Celeb makeup artist Angela Levin used CHANEL products. Eye Shadow: Quadra Eyeshadow in Mystic Eyes and a bit of Soft Touch Eye Shadow in Tigerlily on lids. Eye Liner: Under the eyes, I used the darkest color, the neutral deep brown with gold flecks shade, from Quadra Eyeshadow in Mystic Eyes. Eye Brows: Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil in Blond Clair. Blush: Exclusive Creation Blush Horizon de CHANEL. Highlighter: Limited Edition Natural Finish Pressed Powder in Jasmin. Lipstick: For Michelle's bright, purpley-pink lips, I mixed Rouge Coco Lip Colour in Paradis, a pink coral with Rouge Coco Lip Colour in Destineé, a spring plum.
Wella Professionals celeb stylist Andy LeCompte was inspired by old hollywood glamour, channeling the 1950s Grace Kelly finger waves to complement Penelope's Armani Privé gown.
Here’s how Andy suggests getting the look: 1. Start with dry hair and use a small amount of Wella Professionals Natural Volume Styling Mousse at the roots. 2. Set hair in steam hot rollers by rolling hair straight back from the head. This gives hair texture and curl. Use smaller rollers in the back to create a tighter curl, then pin hair underneath into a faux bob.
3. Lightly mist with Wella Professionals Dynamic Fix 45 Second Crafting Spray, then back comb and tease at the root. Brush out the finger waves into place and set with finishing spray.
Thank goodness for brainy science peeps who can use their techie prowess to create awesome innovations for the beauty industry. While we fiddle with our iPhones we can try on hundreds of nail polish colors and get personal hair consultations. Cosmetic companies have released some amazing beauty apps. See a few we’re having fun with right now:
Nicole Pearl, The Beauty Girl, has written for national publications including Allure, Cosmo, Marie Claire, Self, In Style, Seventeen, and more. She appears as a beauty and style expert on TV for shows like TODAY, Windy City LIVE, and more. She's covered NYC and LA Fashion Weeks, has been a guest speaker for corporations, hosts events and offers services. The Beauty Girl blog is Nicole's exclusive insider notebook, sharing her V.I.P. access to the latest in beauty. Welcome! Still curious about Nicole? Click here.
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