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February 2009 Archives

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We loved the Oscars this year, and most of the beauty looks didn’t let us down. Fabulous fresh skin and gorgeous makeup caught our attention, while hairstyles ranging from updos and hair half up and half down, to cascading curls and loose waves gave us a reason to keep watching.


Oscar Night HairTrend #1: Updos


diane lane oscars 2009 2.jpgLooking just as classy as she is beautiful, Diane Lane wowed us with her unfussy updo. We loved her timeless makeup that had a touch of shimmer on the eyes and her orange-red stained lips added just the right amount of color to compliment her black dress.


natalie portman oscars 2.jpgNatalie Portman looked so incredible it was hard not to stare. Her hair was done in a classic updo and her makeup looked flawless with highlighted cheeks, soft smokey eyes and glossy, rosy-pink lips.


amy adams oscars 2.jpgLooking stunning in her red gown, Amy Adams opted to wear her updo at the nape of her neck in an asymmetrical fashion. With a smoky eye created with browns and purples, flawless skin and pink lips, we also love how her stunning necklace gave her face a glow.



freida pinto oscars 2009 2.jpgFreida Pinto never disappoints us. We love her soft updo that complemented her one-armed gown (although we just could bring ourselves to love the gown, she still looked stunning). Her makeup, as always, looked amazing and because she’s such a natural beauty, minimal makeup was used. Soft liner and shadow, blush to add a bit of color and a matte pink color on the lip.



kate winslet oscars 2009.jpgKate Winslet didn’t wow us with her gown, but we were in love with her dynamic and modern hairstyle. Created to be reminiscent of Grace Kelly, the now Oscar-winning actress’s makeup complimented the hairstyle with a classic and natural look.


Oscar Night Hair Trend #2: Half Up/Half Down


jessica_biel_oscars_2009.jpgJessica Biel is a beautiful starlet who unfortunately didn’t make our best-dressed list. We were happy to see that, thankfully, her hair and makeup look fabulous— she wore her hair in a soft, wavy ‘do and kept her makeup look all about great skin, neutral eyes and a pink lip.



angelina_jolie_oscars_3.jpgAngelina Jolie is stunning, yes we know. But until Sunday night, we had been let down by the Changling star in the hair and wardrobe department. She must have been on to us because she stunned us with her gorgeous cat eye, glowing skin, and glossy pink lip— wow!


melissa george oscars 2009.jpgMelissa George was nothing short of gorgeous in the hair and makeup department. With loosely curled tresses pulled half up, she looked simply angelic and luminescent.


samantha harris oscars 2009.jpgDancing With The Stars co-host Samantha Harris looked fierce in an electric blue one-shoulder gown. What we love most is her choice to pair it soft makeup consisting of browns and pinks and a loose half-up hairstyle to keep her from looking too overdone.


 Oscar Night Hiar Trend #3: Hair Down


Amanda Seyfied is another actress who didn’t get our vote in the fashion department, but took home a prize in the beauty category. Along with her hair styled in long loose waves, Amanda kept her look modern and youthful with a soft smokey eye— a fine liner between lightly smudged eyeshadow and bare-looking lashes— and a sheer crimson lip to finish off the look.


jennifer aniston oscars 2009 2.jpgJennifer Aniston didn’t walk the red carpet, but her look still caught our attention. We love her cheery beach-worthy look complete with a French braid to hold the front of her hair back. Her makeup was complementing as well- very dewy skin, peachy-pink cheeks and light pink lips.


taraji p henson oscars 2.jpgWe love the necklace Taraji P. Hensen wore on Oscar Sunday— it really lit up her face. Add to that her great layered bob (blown out smooth and given some added texture to make it a little more edgy for the big night), a fabulous smudged out liner, a bronzy-pink blusher on the cheeks and sheer pink gloss on the lips and we say it’s a recipe for beauty success.  

Curious to know what some of the trends will be this fall? We have the beauty scoop straight from the runways of New York Fashion Week, Fall 2009… 


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Diane von Furstenberg


“Nomad Chic” is the look as described by lead makeup artist, James Kaliardos

On the eyes: Soba Eye Shadow, blended over lids, up past crease, out toward temples, along lower lashline. Pearl Cream Colour Base, to highligh the inner corner of the eyes. Pro Barelash, a foundation-toned product applied with a mascara wand, combed through brows to diminish natural hair color.

On the face: Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation, applied as a minimal base to the face. Pro Sculpting Powder, blended under cheekbones and up toward temples to contour. Pearl Cream Clour Base, touched on the high plane of the cheekbone for highlight.

On the lips: Lip Erase (a Pro Product), applied in a sheer layer to pale down the lips. Sculpt and Shape in Bone Beige, applied with a lips brush to line the mouth.

All products by MAC Cosmetics, most available at and




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Lead makeup artist Diane Kendal says of this look, “It’s is all about the eyes with soft matte lips for contrast.” To bring strength to the face, Diane focused on creating smoky eyes and full brows, while downplaying the lips and keeping skin fresh with a light brushing of blush for a healthy glow.

On the face: NARSskin Hydrating Moisture Cream to moisturize entire face. NARS Concealer, as needed, to cover any imperfections. A minimal amount of NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (NEW for Fall 2009). NARS Blush in Gilda, applied lightly on the apples of the cheeks.

On the eyes: NARS Eyeliner Pencil in Mambo to line upper lashes and crease, blend over entire lid and up to brows, keeping dense color by lashline. Line lower lashes and gently blend. NARS Single Eyeshadow in Bali to fill in brows. A very thin line on upper lashes with NARS Eyeliner Stylo in Black (NEW for Fall 2009). Lashes curled with NARS Eyelash Curler

Lips: NARS Rain Lip Therapy Treatment applied to entire lip. A small amount of NARS Concealer over Rain to take down color.

All products by NARS Cosmetics, available now, unless noted, at



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Carolina Herrera


Lead Artist Diane Kendal describes this look to be about beautiful fresh skin, enhancing natural highlights where light hits the face.

On the eyes: Deep Dark Pro pigment, blended into crease of the eyelid, around the outer corner of the eyes and along the lower lashline. Studio Touch-up stick concealer, buffed onto eyelids as a base. White Pigment, glazed over the eyelids.

On the face: Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation, applied in a sheer layer one shade lighter than natural skin tone. Hand Finish Mineralize Blush, blended onto the apples of the cheeks. White Frost Pigment, touched onto cheek bones to highlight.

On the lips: Twig lipstick, feathered onto lips with a lip brush. Local Colour Dazzleglass, applied in the center of the lips.

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Jessica-Stroup3.gif It’s a bit chilly in New York, but that doesn’t mean stars look any less hot when they attend shows at the Tents for Fashion Week. Take 90210 star Jessica Stroup, who, despite the bitter cold, heated up the room at every show she attended. Want the scoop on how her smoldering look was created? Of course you you do— that’s why you’re here!

theBalm makeup artist, Felicia Roman wanted to keep all attention on Jessica’s bright blue eyes, so she went dramatic with the lids and kept the rest of the star’s face simple.

Here’s the step-by-step:

thebalm pick up liners.jpg1.) Felicia started by using the Pick-Up-Liners pencil in Don Juan (three in a set, $19, to smudge a line around the lashes and in a thicker line covering most of the bottom part of the lid to achieve smoky definition. Because the Pick Up Liners are half the size of a typical pencil, Felicia was able to get up close and really push the liner into the base of the lashes with perfect precision.


thebalm shady lady.jpg thebalm overshadow.jpg2.) Felicia dabbed Lucious Lani eyeshadow (the champagne shade from the ShadyLady Eye Shadow Palette, $38, ) across the lid to highlight the symmetrical shape of her face and then finished it off with a light dusting of the sheer 100% mineral Overshadows in You Buy, I’ll Fly (a copper shimmer, $15, to make Stroup’s eyes really pop. It was also blended into the lower lash line over the pencil for an ethereal finish. thebalm two-timer mascara.jpg

The lashes were defined and volumized with 3 coats of Two Timer Mascara ($20,; two coats to instantly build fuller lashes and a third to separate and lengthen.





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timebalm concealer.jpg3.) When it came to the skin, Felicia evened out and smoothed Jessica’s skin by blending BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer ($25, with TimeBalm Concealer ($18, Becaue the TimeBalm Concealer has time released hydrating properties, there was no need to reapply between shows- Jessica’s under eye area stayed bright all day.




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bahama mama bronzer.jpg hot mama blush.jpgA few swipes of SexyMama translucent powder ($19, gave a photo-finish, and then a combo of the matte Bahama Mama bronzer ($19, with the more shimmering berry-toned Hot Mama blush ($19, gave a healthy glow to Jessica’s cheeks.




thebalm to the rescue.jpg balmshelter gloss.jpg4.) Finally, Felicia conditioned and nourished Stroup’s lips with theBalm to the Rescue ($16,, and topped them off with either BalmShelter Lip Gloss in Girly-Girl (for a pinky-coral finish, $19, or Plump Your Pucker in Cocoa My Coconut (a warm nude, $15, to add some shimmer. Jessica LOVED the yummy flavors of the glosses, especially Cocoa My Coconut which she wore at the Jill Stuart show.

hilary duff red heart truth.jpgHilary Duff was our pick for best dressed at Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection fashion show last week, and her messy updo really complimented her stunning gown. With a bit of a jagged part, dark roots and a few flyaways, her hair still looked amazing.

fekkai lifting & texturizing spray.jpgTo achieve this “controlled mess”, it’s important to prep hair with texturizer before blowing it out with a round brush (try Fekkai Coif Bouffant Lifting and Texturizing Spray Gel, $23, Next, flip dry hair up and down (this adds body), then pull it back into a loose bun. When your hair is secure, finish the look by pulling a few wisps out by your ears.

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