MTV Movie Awards – Gigi Hadid – Get The Look

Gigi-Hadid_MTV-Awards-lowGigi Hadid looked stunning on the red carpet of the MTV Movie Awards. The Maybelline spokesperson was perfection with a look created by Sarah Tanno.

Let’s break it down:
Tanno wanted to give a nod to Donatella Versace’s signature black-rimmed eye, but with a twist. Here’s what she wore (all Maybelline products):

Face: Dream Velvet Foundation all over, then Fit Me! Concealer in a lighter shade down the nose and under the eyes to brighten them. This was followed by a quick dusting of Facestudio Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Powder in Translucent, to set things in place.

Blush & Contour: Tanno used Facestudio Master Contour Face Contouring Pro Palette in Deep to Medium in the hollows of cheeks (show me your fish face!) and temples. Blush was added to the apples of cheeks, accompanied by a highlight along the high point of the cheekbones. Gorgeous!

Brows: (You know this is important) Tanno used Eyestudio Brow Pomade Crayon in Blonde, followed by Eyestudio Brow Drama Mascara in Blonde to set hairs in place.

Eyes: Eyestudio Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayon in Barely Beige was placed all over the lid to act as a base, while Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil in Soft Nude was placed along the waterline for a wide-awake and fresh look. To smoke it out, the outer half and bottom lash lines were edged in Eyestudio Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayon in Charcoal Chrome and the matte black shade from The Rock Nudes Palette was blended into the crease. For a fun, edgy look, neon yellow pigment was brushed on the upper lids and inner corners of the eyes.

Lashes: Adding a couple of coats of Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara in Blackest Black gave eyes major drama.
Lips: A nude lip balanced out the dramatic eye, so Tanno lined and filled in the mouth with Color Sensation Lip Liner in Nude before adding Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid in Nude Thrill and Color Sensation The Buffs Lipstick in Bare All.

What do you think? Is this a look you would rock? Have you used these products? I’d love to hear your comments below.

NARS BLKR 413 Preview

I was lucky enough to preview the new NARS boutique store at The Shops Buckhead Atlanta this week. This is only the eighth boutique in the United States, so it was quite a treat.

If you’re in Atlanta, and you love NARS Cosmetics, take an afternoon and check it out. The natural light is incredible and the staff are all very highly trained makeup artists.

As a thank you gift, I received the new NARS 413 BLKR Cheek & Lip Palette. Goodness, it’s something special. With three blushes and a bronzer, plus a velvet matte pencil, this is a stunning collection – universally appealing to every skin tone.

So, lets jump in!

BLKR-packaging

The outer box is sturdy, typical NARS packaging and the palette itself is the same, but a little thicker than single shade blushes. You could still throw this in your bag if you’re not carrying a clutch.

BLKRopenInside, you can see the three blushes, all incredibly blendable, (NARS blushes are extremely pigmented, so a heavy hand is not needed)

From left you have new Blasphemy Blush and Ferocious Blush combined with 413 BLKR blush and iconic Laguna Bronzing Powder.

But Founder François Nars didn’t stop there. He also included 413 BLKR Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. This gorgeous hot pink shade looks great on everyone I’ve seen. It’s bold and sexy. It attracts attention and it’s perfect for spring and summer.

Since it’s a matte lip pencil it stays on pretty well. You can use it as a liner and add a gloss on top, or you can wear it alone. I prefer to use it all on its own.

Here’s a swatch so yoNARSswatchu can get an idea of how these colors look on skin. The powders all have what I call a “micro” shimmer, it’s very subtle. And look at that lip color – gorgeous!

The 413 BLKR Cheek & Lip Palette will be available beginning June 1 for $59, exclusively at NARS boutiques and online at narscosmetics.com

February Favorites

It’s once again that time of the month for me to share with you the beauty products I’ve been loving on.

  1. Clinique Sweet PotsCandid Cassis Sweet Pot

These little cuties are so great! Unscented, one side has a sugar scrub to use for soft, supple lips, while the other side has a burst of color like the one here in Candid Cassis. You can see the bottom side has the grainy texture, while the top side is creamy lip balm. The whole line is really beautiful and they’re all really light on color, so don’t expect a big color payoff. That’s not what these babies were designed to do. But they fit in a pocket, purse or whatever you carry, so you’ll never be without. At $19.50 a piece, I wouldn’t call them outrageously expensive, but more than a drugstore brand. (They may also have Black Honey, a cult favorite!)

2. Kerastase Elixer Ultime Bi-Phase Spray Oil
You may be thinking, “Oil, on my hair? No way!”, but hear me out! Heat styling is very damaging to hair. The oils in the Elixer help protect hair and give it that shine that you get from the salon.

It can also be used after dry shampoo to put a little shine back into the ends of hair.

Best part? It is great for fine to normal hair! It even helps increase the size of the hair shaft, giving hair more volume.  OK, maybe the best part is the smell; it’s lovely.

3. Aveda Tourmaline Charged Exfoliating Cleanser

I don’t know about you, but I love the feeling of a freshly exfoliated face. It just makes me feel refreshed and my makeup goes on much more easily. However, they say you should only exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Not enough for me! I like an everyday exfoliation and I’ve found it in Aveda’s Tourmaline Charged Exfoliating Cleanser. Tourmaline is gentle enough to use each day, and the formula is moisturizing, so your skin doesn’t overproduce oil (because who wants that?)

Alright, my dears, that’s all I have for February – let me know in the comments below if you’d like to also hear about UNFavorites. If you want it, I’d love to share with you, so let me know if you do.

xo,
Brett