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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.

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.


Beyoncé Knowles is known for her glam red carpet looks and edgy performance style, but today Beyoncé gave us beauty in another form— by giving back to the community with a project she and her mother, Tina, have dreamed about and worked on for years: the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center at the Phoenix Rehab Center in Brooklyn.

beyonce-030510-4.jpgPhoenix House, which is a residential substance abuse treatment program, will run the Career Academy. The academy will serve to help men and women in treatment to prepare for careers in the cosmetology field after a seven-month training course, while overcoming their drug addictions. L’Oreal has donated all the products to be used at the center, and Beyoncé, along with her mother, have pledged to donate $100,000 annually.

We love Beyonce’s chameleon-like beauty, but this venture is her best look yet.
While Hollywood is prepping for the Oscars, we’ve been thinking about all the work that goes into making our favorite celebs look so damn glamorous on this big night. How do they (or their makeup artists — yes they have help) get that amazing red carpet glow? If you have a big Oscar-like event coming up…maybe even the Oscars who knows?…make sure you’re covered with these red carpet must-haves:

givenchygloss.jpgLip Plumper:
The makeup world got a lot more exciting after the invention of lip plumper. What’s better? A good limp plumper + a good gloss all in one.

Our suggestion: Givenchy Pop Gloss. Sephora, $24.50.

Fake Eyelashes:
Talk about an optical illusion. Fake lashes are the best way to illuminate your eyes and add a dash of intensity.

Our suggestion: Andrea Perma Lash Starter Kit. Sally Beauty Supply, $9.99.

Eye Shadow Palette:
The best way to get a modern, glamorous eye is to layer the right colors and eye shadow palettes make it relatively easy.

Our suggestion: Sephora Colorful Artist Palette. Sephora, $32.

powder.jpgBody Shimmer:
Shimmer, shimmer and more shimmer. But we’re not talking just the face. You need a good illuminating powder to apply all over the body.

Our Suggestion: Urban Decay Flavored Body Powder. Sephora, $26.

Luminizing Lotion/Highlighter:
Now that the body is nice and sparkly, you need to light up the face. It’s best to use an oil-free highlighter or lotion that will brighten up your complexion but won’t leave you covered in grease.

Our suggestion: Smashbox Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion. Sephora, $24.

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