Friday, August 28, 2009
If you want to play up your eyes, rich dark browns and coppers are a beautiful and modern alternative to the traditional gray smokey eye. A favorite for achieving this look is NARS Duo Eye Shadow in Cordura. Here on my client Shantel VanSanten, I applied a bronzed-copper "wash of color" on her entire eyelid by wetting my brush with Ben Nye LiquiSet before applying (for more intensity and lasting power) then let it dry. Next I applied the gold with a dry brush (for more blendability) along the crease for a "sunset" effect and back down over the brown. Finally I rimmed the waterline with Benefit BADgal pencil and added 2 coats of Mark Make It Big mascara in Raven.
Here is a picture of the make-up I did on Shantel for Nylon Magazine's TV Issue Party on Monday night... she rocked oh-la-lashes and amazing over-the-knee slouchy suede Christian Louboutin boots! Not only does she star in One Tree Hill, but her new movie The Final Destination opens TODAY and I looooved her in it. And the busy actress has another film coming out this Fall, You and I, opposite Mischa Barton.
Photos coutesy of Complex Magazine, WireImage, NARS, Ben Nye, Benefit and Mark Cosmetics.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Contouring is one of my favorite steps in applying make-up and always surprises me that for most women, it is often a skipped step. When you apply foundation to your entire face, you are creating a blank canvas, making it critical to go back and add the dimensions back in. Technically, contouring is about shadows and light; if you've ever taken an art class you'll remember that you use darker shading to push an area inward and lighter shading to pull an area outward. This is great for creating the appearance that you have a stronger jawline, more defined cheek bones, a slimmer face and nose. For the red carpet or a photo shoot, I'll take the time and use both cream-based cosmetics for contouring and then go over it with powder-based ones for extra intensity and longevity. But you can just use powder based ones if you were only to pick one or the other.
Immediately after applying foundation all over the face and neck, look in the mirror and suck in your cheeks. This helps to see exactly where your cheek bones are. Then with your fingers, feel precisely where the bottom of them is. Depending on your age, your cheek bones might not have come in yet (mine didn't arrive until I was 24!), or if you are holding on to a few extra pounds during a certain time of the month, they might be hiding. This is where contouring can become your best friend. Using a sponge (The Beauty Blender Egg) or blunt-shaped brush (Sonia Kushak Synthetic Flat Blusher Brush), apply a cream-based bronzer or foundation that is at least 3 shades darker than your own skin color exactly under your cheekbones, from the apples of your cheeks all the way to your ear. Blend lightly with your fingers but not too much to lose the drama. This will create more of a shadow that would appear if you had really strong cheekbones. Then apply a cream-based highlighter above your cheekbones to draw the light to the area. I love Hourglass Illume Bronzing Duo because the darker shade is a pretty universal color for light-to medium skin tones and the lighter shade is a beautiful highlight with a hint of shimmer. My favorite cream-based foundation right now is CoverGirl Simply Ageless because it offers great coverage without feeling like you're wearing any make-up.
To really give the effect of a strong jawline, you'll want to create a shadow directly under your entire jaw. Using the same cream-based foundation or bronzer, sweep it from underneath your ear to your chin, then finish at your opposite ear. Then continue to "color in" your entire neck (and chest if your wearing a plunging neck line) with the remainder of the product left on the sponge/brush.
Not everyone has a perfect little button nose, and if you're like me and a lot of my clients, you might want to contour your nose a little, though this is the least dramatic and most subtle of the illusions. With a sponge, small eye shadow brush or your finger, take the same cream-based foundation or bronzer and "shade in" each side of the bridge of your nose (starting at the inner corners of your eyebrows and ending at your nostrils) if you want a slimming effect, or the tip of your nose if you want it to appear shorter. Then take the cream-based highlighter and apply it directly on top of the entire bridge. It is crucial to really blend with your fingers so it can't be detected.
Strictly speaking for the law of dimensions, don't forget when applying bronzing to sweep it across your hairline and temples, because you've thinned out all the areas from eyes down, it wouldn't look right if your forehead was still a blank canvas. This is also great when creating a sun-kissed glow, because the top of your forehead is the first place the sun would hit if you were outside.
Finally, quickly repeat all the steps above with a powder-based bronzer and highlighter so it will last longer. I love NARS bronzer in Laguna if I want a little shimmer or Hourglass Superficial Waterproof Bronzer for a more matte look (both applied with NARS Ita Kabuki Brush) and my favorite highlighter right now is Mark Twinklebelle in Gold.
Here are a few more shots from my latest fashion story in the August 2009 issue of Malibu Magazine, shot by Tatijana Shoan.
Photos courtesy of Malibu Magazine and Tatijana Shoan.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
There is nothing prettier to me than pale skin. Nothing. But this is a new view for me... My whole life I've been a bronzed beach girl and I've even learned to love my freckles, but after spending nine days on an international press tour with Cate Blanchett (unfortunately I didn't get to work on her myself but loved working on her co-star Geoffrey Rush), I became obsessed with her milky white skin. It truly is the perfect canvas for make-up. Then I met my client Krysten Ritter this year and was blown away by hers! She can rock red lips, fuchsia lips, even nude lips with more contrast and drama than anyone I know. Such an amazingly gorgeous face to work on that I have to pinch myself everytime.
Here's the make-up breakdown of Krysten's look: First I prep her skin with Amala Hydrating Face Cream, my favorite line of skincare with all organic ingredients. I add a sweep of Hourglass Veil Fluid Make-up Foundation in No. 1 Ivory and conceal any dark circles or redness with Dior Hydrating Concealer in Light Golden. I contour her cheeks with a light bronze powder (Dior Matte Sunshine in Honey Matte) and add a nude cheek color to her apples (DiorBlush in A Touch of Blush). Then I define her eyes (but not overkill them) with a wash of pale grey shadow all over her eyelid (Mark Cosmetics i-Mark Custom Pick Eye Shadow in Minx), Illamasqua Eye Liner Cake in Mislead on both the top and bottom lashlines, two coats of mascara (CoverGirl Lash Blast Luxe in Black Platinum) and a few individual lashes on the upper outside corners. Lastly I play up her lips with a tinted lip balm (Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Sheer Lip Tints in Berry, Blush, Honey or Plum, depending on our mood).
Here are some more snapshots of my work on Miss Ritter's snow-white skin taken by Hama Sanders... I still love a California glow but am now secretly jealous of the pale few out there. (And never again will I leave the house without wearing my SPF 70, because a girl can dream!)
And three more shots by Eric Ray Davidson:
- Amy Nadine
- Amy Nadine has worked on Lauren Conrad, Krysten Ritter, Rachel Bilson, Whitney Port, Kate Bosworth, George Clooney, Hugh Jackman, Denzel Washington, Patrick Dempsey, Khloe Kardashian & Geoffrey Rush, among others. Her work has appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Seventeen, Glamour, Teen Vogue & Nylon, to name a few. In 2010 she headed up the make-up department for L!fe Happens & in 2009 she developed two lip glosses for Mark Cosmetics after doing Lauren Conrad’s beauty campaigns for the brand. Amy Nadine is also the co-founder of www.thebeautydepartment.com. She prides herself in being an expert in her field, always studying color trends, cosmetics formulations… anything & everything make-up-related, & pinches herself daily that she’s having a career out of one of her greatest passions.