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Vanessa Scali, who created the look for America Ferrera, decided on a timeless, sophisticated look inspired by the 50’s: an Audrey Hepburn eye, a Vargas mouth and a sheer, radiant face to keep the look modern. All of these elements really helped to enhance the Ugly Betty star’s natural beauty. 

Vanessa shared with us her step-by-step routine that helped give America her beautiful look:


nars balanced foundation fiji.jpg“I like the skin to look flawless but real so I always use foundations and concealers sparingly. That said, I prefer spot coverage for foundation. On America, I used NARS Balanced Foundation ($41) in Fiji and Barcelona (I mixed two colors for the prefect match). I use a brush to apply it to the areas that need it and then I blend it in with my fingers. Using your fingers heats the product just a bit and leaves a seamless finish.

nars concealer.jpg Then I applied NARS Concealer ($21) under the eyes where necessary.”





nars bronzing powder casino.jpg“I used NARS Bronzing Powder ($29) in Casino to contour her cheekbones and accentuate her bone structure.”






nars multiple portofino.jpg“For extra staying power I used a combination of NARS cream and powder blush. This will make your blush last longer and require fewer touchups. First, I applied NARS The Multiple Stick ($37) in Portofino to the apples of the cheeks. Cream formulas are my favorite. They are the easiest to blend and leave the most natural finish.

nars blush orgasm.jpgThen after I used a touch of NARS translucent powder and then I applied NARS Blush ($25) in Orgasm. The combination gave her face a touch of color and a subtle shimmer that left her looking radiant - not made up.”





nars all about eve duo.jpg“The eye is sophisticated yet innocent. First I used the NARS Multiple Stick in Copacabana all over the eye lid. Followed by the right hand color in the All About Eve Eyeshadow duo ($32) all over the eye and under the bottom lashes. This layering help gives staying power.

nars mascara.jpgNext, I lined inside the NARS Eyeliner Pencil ($20) in Iceberg (white) to make them look bigger and I lined her eyes (upper lid only) with the NARS Eyeliner Pencil in Moon Black. Because mascara and lashes were very important to define the eye, I curled them and gave them several coats of NARS mascara ($23) in Black Orchid.”




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“I used NARS Brow Pencil ($19) in Ipanema brow pencil to fill in as needed.”





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“The lips are bold and semi-matte. I used NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick ($24) in Scarlet Empress.”



Makeup artist Tina Turnbow was inspired by Mary-Louse Parker’s dress, shoes and personal style when she created  this fresh, luminous and femnine look for the actress.

We asked Tina to share with us what products she used and why, and this is what she told us:

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I used an oil-free moisturizer, eye gel and the NARS Sabrina Lip Balm ($23) to prep the skin for the makeup.



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I started with NARS Balanced Foundation ($41) in Mont Blanc, then applied NARS Concealer ($21) and followed it with NARS Pressed Powder ($29) in Snow. I also applied some of the NARS Foundation Powder ($45) in Mont Blanc to the chest area. We wanted her skin to have a luminous glow. She’s so fair and her skin has a very delicate, ivory quality about it that is so pretty.

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I have given her a beautiful hot pink lip using NARS Lipliner Pencil ($20) in Funny Face. After I lined and filled in the lips, I blotted and added a hint of powder to set the lipliner. You can use your finger or a Q-tip to achieve this look. Blotting the lips after applying the lipliner created a gorgeous softness to the lips. I wanted most of the color in the center of the lips.

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For her cheeks, I used NARS Blush ($25) in Desire and applied it the apple of the cheek. I then used the NARS Blush Brush ($46) to soften the edges of the blush.




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For her eyes I used NARS single shadow ($22) in Tibet and for the crease I used the Duo Eyeshadow ($32) in Violetta.

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I also used the Eyeliner Pencil ($20) in London on the upper lash and smudged it out to create a soft cat eye. I finished the look using NARS Mascara ($23) in Black Orchid WTPR.



This season, lips can go bold and beautiful, or nearly nude. Depending on the eye look you want to create, smoky or subtle, consider these products when it’s time to perfect your pout.


Nude lips, or lips that look as close to your natural color as possible, are always flattering when it comes to lipstick or gloss. Pair these shades with your dramtic eye or natural face.



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L’Oreal Bare Natural in Soft Mauve is not too pink or too brown. This sheer and flattering color gives lips moisture and looks great on most skin tones. $9.95



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Tarte Double-Ended Lipgloss in Fred and Ginger is a shimmery nude and shimmery champagne color that can be worn separately or together for a glossy, pretty lip. $19



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Maybelline Mineral Power Lipcolor in Pink Pearl contains mineral-based pigments that give full impact color! This color works great on fair and darker skintones, making it a fabulous pick. $5.99



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LORAC Sheer Lipstick in Nude gives lips the perfect hint of pink-beige that will compliment every smoky eye wonderfully. The bonus? This lipcolor will nurture your lips with moisture—perfect for dry, cold weather. $18.50  







Now it’s time to give your lips a BOLD edge! Dark lips (even black!) are so in this season. No matter what color you choose, brick red to deep burgundy, make sure your eye makeup is minimal. Skip eyeliner and only use mascara on both upper and lower lashes to make your eyes pop. Be sure to always line your lips as well! Red lipcolors tend to bleed outside tha natural lip line, so choose a liner that is as close you the lipstick shade as possible or choose a neutral tone. Tip: If you’re unsure of wearing dark, rich tones on your lips, look for the word “sheer” when choosing a formula.



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CoverGirl Outlast Smoothwear Lip Liner in Nude goes on smoothly and works fabulously to use before you apply your color because it won’t add any extra color. $7




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DuWop Reverse Lip Liner can be applied outside the lip line to really ensure you “fence in ” your lipcolor. When applied to lips, it fills in lines and helps hold color on longer. $19   



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Clinique Long Last Soft Shine Lipstick in Red Red Red is formulated to keep that “just applied” look for hours. Great for fair skintones because it won’t wash you out like some reds. Won’t feather creep, stain or dry out. $14


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Avon Ultra Color Rich Lipstick in Vintage Vamp is the perfect deep plum. Wear this lip color with a sheer pink cheek color for an ultra glam look! $3.25






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Tropez Moisturizing Lipstick in Buttered Rum is the perfect dark cranberry color for any occasion. This formula glides on soft and is long-lasting. Give your lips a hint of color or layer it on for a truly bold lip. $0.99

Mary-Kate Olsen really has her messy-on-purpose hairstyles down. We can’t help but admire her bohemian-chic, I-didn’t-take-any-time-to-do-my-hair-today styles. If this is a look you’ve been wanting to try, consider these tips before you attempt them.


Try a messy style a day after washing. Super clean hair may require the use of more product that can lead to product overload, thus creating a weighed down or greasy look.


Leave your brush alone. Styles like these require the use of fingers only…remember, the style should look like you spent five minutes on it, not five hours.



For super straight hair: Try braiding your hair loosely the night before with slightly damp hair and a light holding styling product to add loose waves to your hair. Try using a product like Frederic Fekkai Wave Spray, $20






For natural wavy or curly hair: Define existing waves and curls using product on damp hair. Try Terax Styling Gel, $12




Practice creating the messy look. Like all hairstyles, they too require a bit of practice before they look “perfect” (but you know, not perfect).


Most of us wear a smoky eye for evenings beacuse it’s simple, and looks amazing. While black will continue to be the traditional color for this look, this season the smoky eye gets an update using grey tones and metallics that can also be worn during the day.


Try these products to achieve your new smoky eye:



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Nars Eyeshadow Duo in Paris is a fabulous combination of two coordinating greys (silver shimmer and matte grey) that can be worn together or alone, wet or dry. Try applying the matte grey shade on the entire lid, and apply the silver shimmer to the eye’s inner rim and along the bottom lasheline for a long-wearing, eye-popping look.  $32




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Rimmel Colour Rush Quad Eyeshadow in Smokey Noir includes four grey tones that are long-lasting and versitile. Try using the darker shades as a liner when wearing the lighter tones for a subtle yet defined daytime eye. $5.99




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Use Urban Decay Metallic Eyeshadow in Smog (a deep coppery bronze) to help you create the smoldering bronzed eye that was seen on many of the models during the fall runway shows. $16









CoverGirl Eye Enhancers Eye Shadow Trio in Golden Sunset gives three color options to work with that will help you create a number of different looks. For night, try wearing the shimmery colors paired with a sheer berry stained lip. $4.99




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CARGO SmokyEye Eyeliner Duo in Brazil will help you acheive the perfect earth-tone spin on the black smoky eye. These liners combine matching cream and powder eyeliners in a beautiful burnished bronze. Wear the cream formula alone or use the powder formula to set the cream. $28






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Wet N Wild Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Charcoal makes defining your eyes smooth and simple. The creamy formula glides on and blends easily. Use this alone with a sheer shadow or as an added product when defining your eyes. $1.49 




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Estee Lauder Perfectionist High Definition Volume Mascara will give you fabulously definied, lengthened and darkened lashes that will perfectly frame your newly smoked out eye. The tapered wand allows for easy application to bottom lashes, and the flake-free formula lasts for hours without smudging. $19.50





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CoverGirl LashBlast is fast becoming the go-to mascara for the fullest, most lush lashes. The clump-free formula bulids lashes to enormous proportions and beautifully adds drama to the smoky eye. $8.50




This season, creating different variations of the classic smoky eye will keep your look fresh and modern, so don’t be afraid to experiment! 

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