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Gwen Stefani has always been willing to take risks… remember the Return Of Saturn-era pink hair? But whether sticking to her signature red lip or rocking rasta-inspired corn rows, one thing remains the same: she always gets it right.

Stefani is on the cover of April’s InStyle once again looking flawless, and everyone has been raving about the cover and corresponding editorial. Here’s our interpretation of two of our favorite looks from the spread:

25755_364746623305_123274213305_356.jpgTo get this softer look, also featured on the cover:

Face: Prep face with a luminizing primer like Makeup Forever HD Microperfecting Primer in Blue, which adds radiance to fair skintones. Follow with HD Invisible Cover Foundation.

Cheeks: Apply a light contour under cheekbones with a light, neutral shade (we like MAC’s Buff, a nude pinkish shade). Add a touch of illuminating cream or shimmery powder to tops of cheekbones to highlight… Try NARS The Multiple in Copacabana.

Eyes: Apply a wash of shimmery taupe to upper lids and under bottom lashes, like MAC’s Satin Taupe. Line eyes with BlackTrack Fluidline, and apply a beige shimmer to brow bone for highlight (We swear by MAC Shroom). Curl lashes, and apply 2 coats of your favorite mascara.

Lips: Gwen’s rosy lips are a nice departure from her signature vamp red. With a lip brush for added precision, coat lips with NARS Canaille.

To get Gwen’s gothic, vampy look:

Face: Prep face with a luminizing primer like Makeup Forever HD Microperfecting Primer in Mauve, to cancel out any yellow or sallow tones. Follow with Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation.

Cheeks: The cheeks in this look are a deeper version of the first look. Exaggerate the contour by adding a deeper shade like MAC Prism, a muted pinkish-brown, and highlight cheekbones with Illamasqua Illuminator in Odyssey to add an icy look to skin.

Eyes: Add more depth by going over eyes with a smoky greyish brown shadow like MAC Moth Brown, making sure to exaggerate the smokiness around the bottom lashline. Line top lid with MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, and add MAC Smolder to waterline. Curl lashes, and apply a volumizing mascara.

Lips: Line lips with MAC Nightmoth, a blackened plum, and fill lips in with MAC Film Noir lipstick. Top with MAC Lustreglass in Lustrewhite add a coolness to the lip.

The Runaways movie image slice.jpgThe release of the much anticipated The Runaways movie is almost here (April 9th!), and has left us with the urge to play around with the amazing retro makeup looks from the film. Joan Jett’s famous smudged, smokey rocker eye is still as popular today as it was then, and Cherie Currie’s iconic use of color and glitter is the ultimate in glam rock.

The looks were created by MUFE artist Robin Mathews, and MAKE UP FOR EVER has posted tutorials for Stewart’s and Currie’s movie looks on their website and on their Facebook Page, so if you’re like us, you can recreate it for yourself.

To get Stewart’s “Joan Jett” smokey eye:

1. Apply MAKE UP FOR EVER Eyeshadow 127, a metallic taupe, over the entire lid.

2. Using Aqua Eyes 04, apply a generous amount of the liner on the top and bottom lids, close to lashline. With a smudge brush, smoke out liner just enough to look slept in and imperfect. Then go back and reapply a heavier coat of eyeliner along the lash line

3. Apply Eyeshadow 139, a black brown shimmer, over the black liner and blend.

4. Curl lashes and apply Smoky Lash Mascara to top and bottom mashes, making sure to get the underside of top lashes to really blacken out the look.

How to get Fanning’s “Cherie Currie” colorful smokey eye:

1. Sweep Star Powder 922, a pale copper, all over lid stopping short of the outer corner.

2. Line upper and lower lids with Aqua Eyes 3L, an navy blue shimmer, and smudge lightly with a smudge brush.

3. Apply Eyeshadow 87, a metallic navy blue, to the outer corner of the eye with a small flat brush, then drag the shadow into the crease slightly. Blend with the same brush, and swipe the same shadow color onto the lower lash line, blending it out to create a smoky effect.

4. Curl your lashes and apply Smoky Lash.


A few more awesome tips? Mathews said she had Stewart sleep in the liner, applied the night before, to capture Jett when she was in the depths of the “wear and tear” of hard living. She also duplicated Jett and Currie’s original blush technique: hold a piece of paper against your cheek before applying blush to get a hard line, like in the picture above. We’re totally trying that when we’re in the mood for a funky, rocker look.

It doesn’t matter whether you were up late dancing or working: Whatever the cause, a sleepness night can wreak havoc on your skin. But don’t assume the only solution is to crawl back into bed…follow these tips to looking radiant and refreshed in no time.

1. Scrub exhaustion away: While you sleep, skin goes through a “renew and repair” cycle that includes the natural exfoliation of dead skin cells. Lack of sleep means means lack of time to repair… and can leave skin looking dull. A good scrub in the shower can replicate this process quickly, leaving skin more radiant and healthy.  *Bonus- Rinse with cold water to stimulate circulation and  firm skin quickly.

We like:
Ole Hendrickson Sugar Glow Face Scrub, Benefit Honey Snap Out Of It!

2. Moisturize: Losing sleep can mean more than yawns and puffy eyes: it also causes dehydrated skin. A good dose of moisturizer will restore balance and give skin a younger, more supple appearance. *Bonus- Choose a moisturizer with a hint of gradual tanner to counteract sallowness and give skin a natural glow.

We like:

Philosophy Hope in a Jar, Jergens Natural Glow Gradual Tan

3. Less is more foundation: When skin looks dull, our first instinct is to PILE on makeup to conceal the problem. The answer is actually less rather than more. A sheer, creamy formula with light reflecting particles will even out skin tone and diffuse imperfections. Apply with fingers rather than a brush or sponge, so that it melts into skin. *Bonus- Only powder the chin and forehead, leaving the bridge of nose and cheeks dewy.

We like:

Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer, NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

4. Pay special attention to eyelids: The single most tell-tale sign of a late night? Puffy, red eyes. Pay special attention to this area. Use a creamy concealer to mask dark circles, and don’t forget to blend onto top lid to conceal redness or darkness. *Bonus- a few drops of redness relief drops to whiten eye, and line inner rim with a peachy-flesh toned pencil for a wide-eyed look.

We like:

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Concealer

5. Curl lashes for a wide-awake look: This is tried and true advice, yet is usually the most overlooked step. Believe in the power of a lash curler! For added life, use a heated curler, or heat the curler with a blast from the blowdryer to set curl, taking care to test first on back of hand to avoid burns. *Bonus: coat lashes with a navy mascara instead of black; the blue will make eyes appear whiter by comparison.

We like:

Sephora Heated Eyelash Curler, Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

6. Lastly, a pop of cheek color to brighten the face and draw focus: Tired skin has a sallow, drained appearance; add back some life with a pop of healthy color right on apples of cheeks. *Bonus- Sheer formulas in hues of candy apple red or plum give skin a transparent, natural flush, like you just pinched your cheeks.

We like:
3 Custom Color Lip & Cheek Stain in SkiBunny, Benefit Benetint

Since Sunday’s Academy Awards, the industry has been buzzing over Jennifer Lopez’s flawless red-carpet makeup.

Celebrity makeup artist Matthew Vanleeuween created her look using exclusively NARS products. Here’s how to get it:

Eyes: Eyes were prepped with Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (available May 1st). Apply D. Gorgeous Single Eyeshadow, a matte, dusty lilac, all over lid to brow. Using Brousse Duo Eyeshadow, define crease with the dark purple shade. Line eyes with Nuits Blanches Eyeliner Stylo for definition. To finish, curl lashes and coat with two coats of Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara.

Cheeks: Vanleeuween applied Desire Blush, a bright, cotton candy pink, to cheeks, and followed with Orgasm Illuminator to define cheek and brow bones with a golden glow. He topped that with Gueules de Nuit Cream Blush for extra punch (available May 1st; use Enchanted Cream Blush for a similar effect).

Lips: Lips were coated in Cruising Lipstick, a gorgeous nude pink, and topped with Lip Gloss in Sweet Dreams to add shimmer and enhance the pout.

To bring the look together, Orgasm Illuminator was also applied to the decolletage, arms and legs to give Jennifer her trademark glow.


While everyone was oohing and ahhing over Sandra’s super-shiny hair at the Oscars, we were busy obsessing over J Lo’s  perfect eyebrows! Yes, there are many salons that can shape similar brows, but remember the recession?! Not everyone can afford a trip to the brow Dr every month. The best advice is to lighten your brows a shade with dye, but it isn’t safe to recommend any at home kits, because the trick is to know how light to go. Worst case scenario you end up with no eyebrows, or disproportionate eyebrows…it can get scary. Second to dye, brow shaping kits are a must-have and the best way to perfect your arch. 

And the nominees for best eyebrow shaping kits are:

1. Tweezerman Mini Brow Kit, Sephora $25 2. Cle de Peau Beaute Eyebrow and Eyeliner Compact, Neiman Marcus $70 3. Too Faced Brow Envy Shaping and Defining Kit, Sephora $35 4. Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings, Benefit Cosmetics $30 5. Anastasia All About Brows Kit, Sephora $75 6. Sephora Collection Arch it Brow Kit, Sephora $35

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