Friday, October 30, 2009
On Tuesday night in NYC, Lauren Conrad attended the Avon Hope Honors Benefit on behalf of the m.powerment campaign, her philanthropic initiative with mark. Cosmetics dedicated to breaking the cycle of dating abuse and partner violence. Lauren wanted a retro look, reminiscent of Rita Hayworth and Veronica Lake and here's exactly how I created her Forties glam, using all mark. products:
Face: For a perfectly-polished complexion, I evened out Lauren’s skin tone with Powder Buff Natural Skin Foundation in Natural, giving her a super-velvety finish. To emphasize the delicate contours of her face, I applied Bronze Pro Bronzing Powder starting in the hollow of her cheeks, then directly under her cheekbones, up to her temples, across her hairline and under her jaw line. I then swirled Good Glowing Custom Pick Powder Blush in Star Glo on the apples of her cheeks for a subtle rosy glow.
Eyes: Lauren loves her signature winged-out black liquid liner look which I amped up tonight by drawing Get In Line Hook Up Liquid Waterproof Eyeliner in Painted Black a little thicker in the outer corners of her eyes. I then coated her lashes in Make It Big Lash Plumping Mascara in Raven for thickness and length and added individual lashes (4 smalls and 6 mediums on each eye) to complete the look.
Lips: I gave Lauren a classic red old-Hollywood pout with Dew Drenched Moisturlicious Lip Color in Wave, a true Hollywood red that is warm enough to look gorgeous on everyone. To properly set the color to last all evening, I dipped a cotton swab in Matte-nificent Oil-Absorbing Powder in Natural Buff and carefully traced the outer rims of the lips. For that final touch of extra impact and depth, I added a dab of Belle of the Ball Lip Balm in Sheer Red in the center of the lips with my finger.
All photos courtesy of WireImage and mark. Cosmetics.
Monday, October 12, 2009
At last night's 6th Annual Style Awards, Lauren contrasted an ultra-feminine look with a rock twist, from her floral bubble dress paired with studded punk pumps to her braided half-up-do and soft curls contrasted with a hot pink lip and black liquid liner, all in honor of her stylist Britt Bardo, to whom she presented the Style Star Award. I am obsessed with mixing things up because overly girlie comes off a little cutesy, while overly punk comes off... well, just that...
To create the look, I first filled in her entire lip with Kissink Lip Tintmarker in Berry Bitten, a lip stain favorite of ours that lasts all night yet isn't dry or flaky. Then I added a coat of Lip Exotics Lip Lacquer Hook Up in Pop for a luscious wet look with a huge color impact. For her cheeks, I applied Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint in Cheeky, a perfect true pink cream blush, on the apples of her cheeks then dusted above her cheekbones in Twinklebelle (Rose), a shimmery pearlized powder that I also used on her collar bone and shoulders. Finally, to keep all of the emphasis on her winged-out cat eyes (Get In Line Liquid Liner Hook Up in Painted Black), I left her lower lash line undefined, except for a coat of Make It Big Mascara in Raven.
All photos courtesy of WireImage, Life.com, Just Jared and Mark Cosmetics.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
On Friday, Whitney Port wanted a girlie chic look for her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel to compliment her amazing pink and lace vintage dress. (Be sure to watch the video above in FULL SCREEN so you can see the make-up better!) I love this look because it's feminine and sweet yet modern and cool... kinda like Miss Whitney! Anyone can rock this look and here's exactly what I used on her:
Armani Beauty Designer Shaping Cream Foundation in 5.5 all over her face and neck with a foundation brush.
Stila Convertible Color in Gladiola applied with a foundation brush on the apples of her cheeks.
NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna under her cheekbones and jawline, on her temples, across the top of her forehead and along the bridge of her nose.
NARS Blush in Luster on the apples of her cheeks then a quick sweep from the apples up to her temples.
Stila All Over Shimmer Eyes in *12 (this product is discontinued which kills me but if you do a google shopping search you can find it like I did on the link above). I shook a little of the powder out, wet my flat eyeshadow brush then dipped the brush into the powder. Work on the consistency on the back of your hand until it has enough intensity to be sheer but still have enough color impact. Then sweep all over your lid and crease.
Smashbox Muse Cream Eyeliner Artist Pencil in Antique Gold (this product is also unfortunately discontinued... ugh... but you can find it like I did at the link above then cherish it until its last stroke.) I gave Whitney a cat eye by starting in the inner corner of the upper eyelid then dragging it to the end of her eyelid, then winging it up at a 45-degree angle. The color is absolutely gorgeous so it saddens me that they are no longer making it. The good news though is that mark. Cosmetics comes out with their eyeliner pots this Spring and has the exact color (in a gel liner) that I used on Lauren Conrad's magalog shoot for the brand last month.
mark. Make It Big Plumping Mascara in Raven on top and bottom lashes... a cult favorite mascara of mine.
*Note: No liner or shadow on Whitney's lower lash line. Just mascara.
Cle de Peau Lipstick in 22 all over her lips.
Then I finished the look with a mixture of the lip glosses that Lauren and I developed for mark., mPowerment Peach and Gold.
All photos courtesy of Armani Beauty, mark. Cosmetics, Smashbox, Stila, NARS and Cle de Peau.
- 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.