Showing posts with label Beauty Trends. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beauty Trends. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

TREND REPORT: Tommy x Gigi Spring 2018 Show

At the Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2018 Milan Fashion Week, Celebrity Stylist Eugene Souleiman created the “Tommy Girl” hairstyle using the ghd air hairdryer, curve soft curl iron and the NEW gold professional styler.

Show: Tommy Hilfiger 

Inspiration: Modern Athleticism - Eugene Souleiman creates understated cool at Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2018. For the final Tommy x Gigi show, Eugene Souleiman wanted to create a look that completely embodied the “Tommy Girl” fusing American heritage with modern athleticism.

“This is a very modern hairstyle, it’s been done with haste but still appears styled but natural. It’s a beautiful look with lots of texture. It encompasses the Tommy lifestyle, young, fun and free but with a bit of an edge. It’s about having an idea and tailoring the concept of the idea to suit the individual and her natural hairstyle, embracing their individuality and making them feel sexy.” -Eugene Souleiman

The Key Technique:
  1. The first step in creating this look was to comb the hair to reveal a center parting which is flattering for everyone.
  2. Each side was then spritzed with a light mist of EIMI Ocean Spritz to add texture and restyled using EIMI Sugar Lift.
  3. Next Eugene rolled the hair into two soft buns (each side of the head) and diffused for a couple of minutes using ghd air hairdryer ($199).
  4. Hair was then left to cool for a couple of seconds before being unraveled. EIMI Dry ME was then added to the roots and styled with hands to let air into it and give it a rawer more voluminous texture that was natural yet un-styled at the same time.
  5. To enhance movement the ghd curve soft curl iron ($199) was used on random sections of the hair. Eugene explains: “What we’re doing is something quite different, to get a looser, more natural feeling to the hair we’re using the ghd curve soft curl iron, wrapping hair around it and as we’re taking the hair away we’re stretching it so that it’s more of an “S” curl, less opulent, more understated. It’s more of a modern style, you’re still adding a bit of structure to the hair but it’s more relaxed.”
  6. To finish the look, Eugene added micro braids to random sections of the hair and gently clamped along the end of the braid with the NEW ghd gold professional styler ($199) to create a lightly crimped, dual texture.

ghd products are available online at ghd hair and select locations around the globe!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Hot Trend | Frosted Lips

A frosted lip is a fabulous way to add shimmer to your look and give a little heat this winter. A subtle frost can bring out the natural color of your lips or add dimension to an underlying lip color. And a full on frosted, aka metallic, lip definitely makes a statement.

With Metallic Powder created by the iconic beauty brand, Mehron, you have the option of a subtle or bold shimmer. And with its six color shades - Gold, Silver, Bronze, Copper, Rose Gold, and Lavender - there is a range of hues to choose from. Follow these tips to create your own frosted lip color with this versatile, ultra-fine makeup.

How To Frosted Lips:
  • To create a subtle, shiny frost, use your finger to pat some Mehron Metallic Powder ($10.50) onto your lips.
  • Apply Mehron Glosstone Pro in Crystal Clear ($11.95), and then rub the lips together to blend.
  • For a deeper frost, combine Mehron Metallic Powder ($10.88) with Mehron Glosstone Pro in Crystal Clear ($11.95) and then apply to the lips using a brush.
  • Layer Mehron Metallic Powder ($10.85) on top of Mehron L.I.P Color Cream ($7.50) to achieve a frosted, metallic effect.
  • For bold impact, mix Mehron Metallic Powder ($10.85) with Mehron Mixing Liquid ($10.95) and apply with a brush.

  1. Mehron Metallic Powder
  2. Mehron Mixing Liquid
  3. Mehron Glosstone Pro in Crystal Clear
  4. Mehron L.I.P Color Cream

Mehron Beauty can be found online at Mehron and Amazon and at select retail locations.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

You Can Never Go Wrong with Nude

The Nude Lip trend is anything but basic and so far from leaving our lips! The look is a perfect pairing to complement a natural beauty look, complete a high voltage eye look or make a bold statement on its own. Perhaps we shouldn’t have been, but Team TME was rather surprised to see the range of nude shades within the Estée Edit Barest Lip Colors and Lip Liners collection. With hues ranging from light to dark the Estée Edit Barest Collection is perfectly shade-matched and, together create the ultimate nude lip kit for any skin tone.

Feeling Monochromatic? Choose a duo that best matches your skin tone. Or plump up your pout by over lining your natural lip contour with a deeper shade. You could even paint the perfect ombre lip by lining with a shade deeper than your lip color. This Estée Edit collection offers endless nude lip combinations, allowing you to find the perfect lip kit that matches your mood. Regardless of any outfit or occasion, you can never go wrong with nude!

The Estée Edit Barest Lip Colors and Lip Liners are available at Estée Lauder and Sephora.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What's Trending with Artis Brush?

Everyone was in awe over Gigi Hadid’s eyes at the Anna Sui show this past New York Fashion Week. Artis Brush even created a “How-To” video before the show! Ahead of the trend? Team TME thinks so! There is no doubt this look will stick around for some time. It’s innovative, fun, and Artis shows now you exactly how to get this gorgeous look.

In the below video, Artis features their NEW Elite Mirror Linear 1 Brush ($35)!

Product Features:
  • Users wanted to make lines that curve, and now that is more possible with the Linear Demi brushes.
  • The Demi versions have fibre bundles that are half the length of the standard size, but the same width. This reduction in length gives the User increased maneuverability so that the brush can be moved in curving angles. This creates a thin line that can bend and curve as the brush handle is angled during application. If you want to create a curved wing liner effect, the Demi versions help you do it with a slight tilt of the handle.
  • This Demi version of the Linear is also ultra-precise. You can place powders and gels even more precisely within the brow area replicating the look of brow hairs, and can be used along the perimeter or end point of the brow shape.
  • The precision fibre bundle can also use powder, creme or gel to create a remarkably thin line at the base of the lashes, making a shadow/contrast look more realistic.
The NEW Elite Mirror Linear 1 Brush, and all Artis Brushes, are available online at Artis!

Monday, April 11, 2016

International Beauty Trendspotting at 49th Edition of Cosmoprof Worldwide

The 49th edition of Cosmoprof Worldwide was held in Bologna from March 18 through 21, 2016. Cosmoprof Worldwide unearthed some interesting International beauty and grooming trends that will no doubt filter into the American market … and your beauty bag or dopp kit over the coming months. The eye behind the beauty and grooming trendspotting was Cosmoprof North America Marketing Director, Daniela Ciocan -- a woman who is known as a true industry influencer with an uncanny ability to spot the trends that we’ll be sporting in the upcoming seasons. 

Daniela shares a list of the top trends that will most likely be on display at the upcoming Cosmoprof North America in Las Vegas -- July 24-26, 2016. Cosmoprof North America is also home to the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA), which our very own TME Editor, Yvonne Pearce Mazzulo, had the pleasure of serving as a judge for this highly prestigious event.

Looking ahead, let’s check out what will be on trend for Summer, Fall, and Winter 2016/2017!

  • The timeless Japanese Anti-Aging Facial Roller Device has been around for years, but as it’s no surprise with Asian beauty trends dominating the market, it’s making a comeback with new advanced technology. Slim Cera (Japan), a luxury, simple hand-held tool that stimulates facial muscles and helps tighten and revitalize the skin, imitates the motion of estheticians’ hands to provide anti-aging benefits.

Masks - Individual single use masks in a variety of shapes to target specific areas and concerns continue to be popular.

  • The It Girl Real Egging Pack (Korea) face mask combines all of the positive nutrients of eggs, such as egg yolk rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, which brightens, whitens, moisturizes and firms, while wearing the mask overnight. 
  • Bowil | Biotech (Poland) plans to launch the first and only bionanocellulose mask, where bionanocellulose fibers do not exceed 100 nm in width and are far smaller than skin pores, which enables the deepest penetration of active ingredients.


  • The next best thing to your own personal dermatologist is your own customized, ingredient specific skincare regimen. Haute Custom Beauty (HCB - Spain) is the first 100 percent fully-tailored 30-Day Beauty Ritual personalized based on skin type, lifestyle, skin care goals, oil spectrum and sensitivity level, containing the most advanced actives and nutrients from around the world. The company developed a proprietary algorithm and an online survey to segment customers into one of 600 different HCB DermaProfiles, which includes a Collagen Tonic, a Moisturizer and any one of 30 different Elixirs, all arranged in a specific 30-day sequence.
  • Per Fumum Ex Haute Perfumerie (Switzerland) – A super personalized service for the most discerning clientele seeking to have a customized scent developed for personal use or home scenting; recipe saved on file for life.

Rare Natural Ingredient in Beauty:

  • CHADO (Switzerland) makeup incorporates the science behind a rare Swiss almost-ancient apple, the Uttwiler Spatlauber, known for its exceptional preservation ability.
  • The Rosehip Specialists (Australia) uses the very best organic cold pressed oil found in the Andes Mountain range in Chile, South America.

Precious Elements:

  • BeautyLab (UK) luxury skincare contains formulas based on peptide rich innovations combined with a philosophy of re-activating and re-educating the skin to achieve a flawless complexion. Among the show stoppers was its Black Diamond line of skin care products, which infuses black diamonds and other precious gems to reveal glowing skin.
  • All Sins Luxury 18K International (Spain) – Ultra effective products, featuring 18K gold, with refined and glamorous textures, surprising and stylish packaging and simple rituals of treatments for essential products that go beyond the daily beauty routine.

Nails: Almond Shaped Nails and 3-D Art

  • MoYou (USA) offers a plethora of nail art plates, polishes and stampers for nearly every occasion, which are inspired by fashion trends, art, music and more.
  • Indigo Nails Italia (Italy) maximizes a new 3-D sugar pouring technique.

Men’s Grooming: Major Focus on Facial Hair

  • Solomon's Beard (Italy) – Natural products created and backed by several influential Barbers 
  • Reuzel (Netherlands) - Schorem is an old school men-only barbershop in the heart of the working class city of Rotterdam whose founders Leen and Bertus introduced the pomades made from animal fats and fragranced with apples.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Beauty Alert! The Best Eye Looks from New York and London Fashion Week

The whirlwind of New York and London Fashion Weeks are officially behind us, which means MAJOR trends are being spotted in beauty. With a little help from the Founder and Creative Director of Eyeko, Nina Leykind, we have fashion's top trending eye looks and tips for bringing them from runway to reality.


London Fashion Week focused on eyes with interesting takes on the typical cat eye. Makeup artist Adam de Cruz was inspired by designer Eudon Choi's circular prints and created a matching cat eye look adorned with black, navy and gray polka dots.

Another twist on the cat eye, seen at Suno and Badgley Mischka at NYFW, was Block Liner. The effect has the same upward flick, but instead of a perfectly precise wing, liner is blocked off at the edges to create a rectangular shape. Use a smudgy gel liner like Eyeko Making Eyes Automatic Gel Eyeliner in Pitch Black to draw a thick line from the inner to the outer corner, bringing it to a square point at the edge.


The trend for “boy brows” was huge during both Fashion Weeks with thick, naturally brushed up brows in shows like Christopher Kane and Orla Kiely in London, and Michael Kors, Donna Karan and 3.1 Phillip Lim in New York. According to Leykind, the key to perfection here is ensuring that any shading or filling is done with subtle feathering. Allow texture to show through by using a shaping and defining gel, like Eyeko Brow Gel for a strong finishing touch.


The "I just went for a walk in the woods" mood inspired designers and makeup artists alike this season. At London shows like TopShop and Jonathan Saunders, smudgy taupe or chocolate eyes (try NEW Eyeko Me and My Shadow shades in Topaz, Quartz and Bronze) were teamed with minimal mascara and dewy skin to create the look of health, reminiscent of a "no-makeup makeup look."

Eyeko products are available online at Eyeko and select retail locations across the globe!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fall 2014 Hair Color Trends with Celebrity Colorist Marco Pelusi

It may be difficult to think of fall while we’re all enjoying the gorgeous summer weather, most especially this past week when the weather seems as if it was order off of the “perfect summer weather” menu. But, soon enough we will be surrendering our breezy dresses and now’s the time to look ahead and checkout the forecast for the perfect hues for our lovely tresses. Who better to check in with then world-renowned celebrity colorist, Marco Pelusi of Marco Pelusi Hair Studio in West Hollywood? Which is precisely what I did!

In a TME exclusive, Marco offers readers the hottest trends and amazing hair colors for Fall 2014. Aside from being the “Master of Color,” Marco truly believes in making women feel beautiful and this is why The Makeup Examiner went straight to Marco for his expert opinion. Read on to find out what hues work for blondes, brunettes and redheads, as well as expert color care advice for the cooler months.

Yvonne: I’d read somewhere that Platinum Blonde and Metallics are the hot trends for Fall 2014. What do you think of this?

Marco: I definitely think that platinum blonde is making a comeback these days. The cycle fashion tells us that a trend [begins] as avant-garde, moves into fashionable, goes mainstream and then ends as outdated. And, goes back around to avant-garde. This has happened with the platinum blonde. It was almost been seen as outdated for a while, but I think it's been creeping in. Meryl Streep sort of hinted at it a few years back in “The Devil Wears Prada” -- when she wore her solid light hair -- and at that time, platinum blonde was still outdated but moving toward avant-garde. As with all trends, it takes a few years [to become mainstream], and now we are seeing more all-over blondes. So, yes to the all-over platinum blonde! Metallics I'm not so sure about.

For several seasons ombre has ruled as THE hair color trend and I really thought that the trend would finally go away. But with mega-stars like Jared Leto, quite literally rockin’ this look, and Jessica Biel sporting soft ombre locks, is it still a hot trend? What are you seeing as on-trend for Fall 2014? 

Marco: We are still feeling the bleeding in of the "sombre" … or, that is, the softer, summer/fall ombre. I had a strong feeling this trend would stick with us in its various forms, as it takes on a new feel, as time moves forward. This trend moves more into the ends being slightly sun kissed or tipped with a gradually lighter color -- this differs greatly from the previous strong line of demarcation from the old ombre -- where the hair literally went from black to blonde. This is a much softer progression, and in my opinion, is quite beautiful, and definitely feels on-trend throughout the fall. 

Who’s wearing the sombre look right now? 

Marco: My dear friend and client Carol Alt has a version of this look, more or less, right now. Her ends gradually, beautifully lighten up as you see her darker hair progress throughout. Additionally, I have to admit, I'm a huge Bravo fan. I'm acquainted with many people involved with the shows, and right now, Carole Radziwill of “The Real Housewives of New York” is definitely wearing a sombre.  Her hair beautifully starts out darker and bleeds into light, with gradual transition.

With many projects together, I know that you love your redheads and you are hands-down THE color expert. What about blondes and brunettes? What are the on-trend hues that will transition from summer into the cooler months?  

Marco: Yes I happen to love reds -- also red coloring is perhaps the most challenging for stylists/colorists to achieve -- that is, to capture a really, really good red -- and therefore my voice is quite specific in this area. However, I do create my own blonding/highlighting techniques. I’ve just returned from my annual presentations at the International Beauty Shows in Vegas, where I demonstrated this technique to hundreds of professional hairstylists. (Readers, Marco truly is a master at color and offers instructional DVDs on his world-renowned technique) The blondes who are on-trend will gradually add more lowlights -- deeper, richer, darker tones throughout their blonde hair -- to reflect the change in seasons. The brunettes can consider adding deeper and warmer tones -- again to reflect the change not only in the season, but the fall colors of the leaves, and everything around us. Brunettes can add a touch of deep gold’s and hints of reds/auburns; and moving into winter we can begin moving into cooler and darker browns.

You’ve taught us that color care is so important. Are there different steps to take during the cooler months to maintain our color? 

Marco: Indoor heat is always a culprit for drying hair as the fall is upon us. It's time for deep conditioning treatments. Nourish the hair as much as possible. Find a deep conditioning formula that works for you. Shampoo your hair, rinse, squeeze the moisture from your hair, towel blot, and apply the deep conditioner. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes, preferably in a warmer or steamier area. Then rinse. Additionally, when the weather turns colder, and our indoor heat goes up, applying a leave-in conditioner can become your friend!

Okay my lovelies, there you have it from the color God himself. Sombre will continue to be a very on-trend look for Fall/Winter 2014-15. Going platinum blonde is very in vogue and brunettes should embrace the natural colors of fall. Color care is vital for keeping those locks looking lovely and Marco has created a line of cruelty-free hair care products especially for colored treated hair, which you can check out by visiting Marco Pelusi Studios. The product that I can’t do without is Marco Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner with Collagen Color Guard, as it’s not only the perfect product to feign off the environmental conditions that cause our hair to go bonkers in the cooler months, but also the best leave-in for year-round! You can keep up-to-date with Marco on Twitter and Facebook!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

American Beauty

4th of July is a time for everyone in America to rejoice in their independence. American Pride lights the evening skies on America’sIndependence Day in the form of fireworks, family and friends gather to enjoy traditional American fare, and we all celebrate the beauty of red, white, and blue. Speaking of American fare, checkout a few Independence Day Cocktail Recipes, as you peruse American Beauty Trends throughout history and see how the trends of yesteryear have made their way back around!

1920’s: Bobbed hair and finger waves were the “it” hairstyle during this time. Anyone who has attended school for Cosmetology can attest to learning how to create finger waves! Makeup was worn bold for the first time as an acceptable attractive trend. Black eyeliner was applied generously to add to the dramatic look of flapper dresses. Eyebrows were usually penciled in high on the face and kept thin. Powder was used generously to keep skin looking pale.

1930’s: Hollywood influenced beauty heavily (as it does today). Women wanted their hair color to match the hair of their favorite on-screen actresses. Platinum blondes, redheads, and brunettes each had their Hollywood icon to emulate. Powders for pale skin lost their popularity and women used foundations that matched their complexions. The “cupid’s bow” became a must-do, with women lining their upper lip for the perfect pout.

1940’s: Brows began to return to a slightly more natural look versus pencil thin, and a bold brow was popular. Red lipstick made its way to become a true beauty staple for all women. Rosy cheeks, achieved by blush, were a popular makeup technique. This is the time matching your nail polish to your outfit became very popular and leaving the “half-moon” at the bottom of you nail unpainted was the style.

1950’s: During the ‘50s women were expected never to leave the house looking any less perfect. Even a quick trip to the market meant full-on market and coiffed hair. Loose soft curls and waves grazed the heads of all women. Peaches and pinks were now incorporated widely into women’s beauty routines. Think soft peach cheeks with a pink pout. Lip liners were now used to accentuate the mouth.

1960’s: This era belonged to Twiggy. Eyes were everything, the bigger the better. Fake lashes became a must-have and no look was ever complete with many coats of mascara. Hair was either kept as a short pixie cut for that mod-girl look or long and flowing with minimal product for the ‘60s hippie look.

1970’s: Farrah Fawcett influenced women’s hair greatly at this time. Long layers and classic feathery style was what most women wanted. For the first time ever women began using bronzers and self-tanners. The bronzed look was very in during this time.

1980’s: There wasn’t enough hairspray on the planet. Big was in. Big hair, big shoulder pads … it was bad. Blue eyeshadows and bold colored liners became very trendy. Thanks to Brook Shields, the best brows were now thick and natural.

1990’s: Grunge and androgyny were the two looks that dominated the ‘90’s. The “bed-head” look became very in vogue. Minimal makeup was used amongst women. The classic 90’s haircut was “the Rachel” named after Jennifer Anniston’s character on the hit TV show Friends.

2000’s: Beauty takes a bit from history with an added modern spin. Hair extensions are very popular, as well as lash extensions. While many women go for bronzers, contouring, and lots of makeup, just as many women are opting for a natural look in their beauty routines. The biggest trend, and one that I hope will remain, is great looking skin. The best beauty “secret” that will be forever timeless is taking care of one’s skin!

Happy 4th of July Beautynistas! Have fun, stay safe, and remain beautiful! 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Summer Hair Trends

It’s Memorial Day Weekend and the unofficial start of SUMMER! Oh yeah baby! I am so over cold weather and this past winter’s polar vortex. Now that the warmer weather is here, it’s time to take a look at Summer Hair Trends 2014. Taking a look at what was stomping down the runways for Spring/Summer 2014 we saw a myriad of looks. In conjunction with what was seen during FW, The Makeup Examiner reached out to Celebrity Stylist Sarah Potempa and asked her to weigh in on what’s hot. So, what hairstyles are truly sizzling for summer? Read on to find out!

Accessorize - SS14 is the season to get creative with your hair accessories. From floral garlands to pretty headbands and scarves, make a bad hair day into a good one by adding something special.

Beach Waves – Seen at Versace and Marc by Marc Jacobs - Definitely a big trend for summer, this laid back look is easy to do and the more randomly placed the waves are, the better. For the lazy ladies, creating this look is as easy braiding slightly damp hair (two large braids - one on each side) before you hop into bed. For those with medium and shorter lengths, you can still achieve these soft, face-framing waves. Apply a minimal amount of leave-in conditioner like Marco Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner ($35) and invest in Remington’s T|Studio Silk Ceramic Multistyler ($34.99) that comes with a Curl Guide sleeve for the perfect beach waves. Keep locks looking lovely with a spritz of Shu Uemura Texture Wave ($28).

Low Ponytail – Seen at Altuzarra, Lanvin, Jason Wu - Summer is always amazing, but sometimes the humidity brings bad hair days. An easy solution is the simple, chic Low Ponytail. It’s as easy as securing the ponytail at the nape of your neck and the look can be versatile. Opt for a super sleek look that can be achieved with a high gloss finishing spray like Sexy Hair 450 Headset ($18) or a casual, whimsical look that is achieved by gently moving the ponytail from right to left before securing at the nape of your neck. Product

Tip For Blondes: Remove brassy tones from blonde with Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Color Lustre ($58).

Sarah’s Picks:

Polished Waves – This is a look that celebrities are always requesting. And a simple, chic wave is definitely in style this summer. To get the look, prep your hair with a great deep conditioner, like Aussie 3Minute Miracle Shine ($5.99). The added moisture and shine is perfect to counter the extreme heat and all the salt and chlorine your hair will be exposed to this summer. The concept behind a simple wave is that the curls always wrap away from your face to open it up and look effortless. After you curl your hair, spray Aussie Mega flexible hairspray to a boar bristle/nylon brush to smooth the curls into waves.

Braided Bun – Pull your hair into a high ponytail. Separate out a section, create a 3-strand braid and secure it with a clear elastic. Smooth the rest of the ponytail with Aussie Miraculously Smooth Anti-Frizz Cream and roll it up into a bun with the Wrap Up ($12). Then take the braid and wrap it around the bun for a cool summer style.

Half-Up Top Knot – This is a super cute summer style that works with your waves, but keeps you cool! Take your hair and pull half of it up with the Half-Up bun tool. Spray Aussie Sprunch hairspray to add texture to the waves.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NARS Summer 2014 ‘Adult Swim’ Color Collection and 413 BLKR

With temperatures beginning to rise (finally), NARS Cosmetics introduce today, April 1, its Summer 2014 Adult Swim Color collection. Eyes pop with perfectly synchronized eyeshadows including neon lemon lime and icy lavender while smoky rose quartz and bronze add depth and definition. Feel the heat with a soft and sultry peach champagne for cheeks and a bold geranium for nails.

Sleek bikinis, towering stilettos – a cosmopolitan catwalk. Dive into this sexy poolside setting with the NARS Summer 2014 Collection – powerfully provocative and daring. Eyes pop with perfectly synchronized eyeshadows including neon lemon lime and icy lavender while smoky rose quartz and bronze add depth and definition. Feel the heat with a soft and sultry peach champagne for cheeks and a bold geranium for nails. 

Products Include:

  • Tropical Princess Duo Eyeshadow ($34) Neon lemon lime and Icy lavender
  • Lost Coast Duo Eyeshadow ($34) Golden pewter and Lilac snow
  • Malacca Single Eyeshadow ($24) Iridescent peacock
  • Iraklion Soft Touch Shadow Pencil ($24) Smoky Rose Quartz
  • Baalbek Eye Paint ($25) Bronze
  • Hot Sand Illuminator ($30) Peach champagne
  • Libertango Nail Polish ($19) Geranium
  • Turkish Delight Lip Gloss ($26) Pink sherbet
  • Orgasm Lip Gloss ($26) Peachy pink with shimmer
  • Wonder Lip Gloss ($26) Sheer mandarin orange with pink and gold shimmer
  • Salamanca Lip Gloss ($26) Pink flamingo
  • Priscilla Lip Gloss ($26) Shocking pink

This colorful new collection will become available at NARS and NARS boutiques and on beginning April 15.

Also exciting, the 413 BLKR collection has two new additions: a rosebud blush provides a rich, pop of pink while the shimmering champagne illuminator adds a soft pearlescent sheen to cheeks and face. Wear them layered to create a multi-dimensional cheek look or on their own for a softer, ethereal effect!

With spring in full bloom, this rosebud blush provides a rich, pop of pink while the shimmering champagne illuminator adds a soft pearlescent sheen to cheeks and face, wear them layered to create a multi-dimensional cheek look or on their own for a softer, ethereal effect.

  • 413 BLKR Blush – Rosebud ( $30)
  • 413 BLKR Illuminator - Shimmering Champagne ($30)

Named for the brand’s first flagship address in New York City’s West Village neighborhood, Founder and Creative Director François Nars drew inspiration from the fast-paced city when creating the 413 BLKR Collection. He wanted to introduce shades in each category that were ‘quintessentially NARS’.  Both 413 BLKR shades are available April1 at NARS and NARS boutiques!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Chantecaille Spring 2014 Save The Bees Collection Palette and More

The mother and daughters’ team of Sylvie, Olivia and Alex Chantecaille, the brains behind Chantecaille Cosmetics, have again married luxury with social responsibility in the brand’s Spring 2014 Save the Bees Collection offering. The Collection brings the freshness of spring in soft, yet color-drenched hues and offers support to The Xerces Society. Chantecaille’s Spring 2014 line also includes Lip Chic, Brilliant Gloss, and 24 Hour Waterproof Liner in on-trend colors.

Chantecaille’s Spring 2014 look channels both the runway trends and the healthy freshness of nature in the spring. The look is soft, natural and glowing. The complexion is clean and radiant with a flush of flattering coral on the cheeks while eyes are softly illuminated by warm washes of golden honeys anchored by stormy grays. A delicate touch of clear-sky blue sharpens the focus on the eyes and plays against a burst of bold juicy color on the lips for a youthful look that is both sophisticated and refreshing.

The refillable Save the Bees Collection Palette ($83 with 5% of proceeds donated to The Xerces Society) includes:
  • Sky – (New Shade) An eye-opening, delicate pale blue sheen that instantly brightens the eye area
  • Honey - A glistening golden highlighter that adds a soft touch of radiance to both cheeks and eyes
  • Beehive – (New Shade) A versatile and flattering grey beige that can be intensified when applied wet
  • Nectar - A warm coral pink blush that delivers a cheerful pop of color to all skin tones

Chantecaille Lip Chic ($35), one of Chantecaille Cosmetics’ best sellers, is a highly emollient lip formula that offers the even coverage of a lipstick with the high shine and plumping effects of a gloss. Lip Chic Spring 2014 shades include:
  • Primrose – a youthful pink rose
  • Wild Rose – a sheer and sophisticated fuchsia

Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss ($33) is enhanced with antioxidant-rich green tea. The ultra hydrating formula protects and soothes lips while delivering long-lasting color and brilliant shine. Brilliant Gloss Spring 2014 shades include:
  • Pretty – a glistening strawberry pink

Chantecaille 24-Hour Waterproof Liner ($26) is an innovative formula with waterproof pigments that deliver up to 24 hours of smudge-proof definition and lash thickening effects. The luxuriously creamy texture blends easily right after application then quickly dries leaving eyes expertly defined and contoured for up to 24 hours in rain, shine, or humidity. 24-Hour Waterproof Liner Spring 2014 shades include:
  • Storm – a thundercloud gray

As with all Chantecaille products, the Spring 2014 Collection is cruelty-free and paraben-free, petrochemical-free, without lanolin and animal or mineral derivatives. The Chantecaille Spring Color Collection is available at Chantecaille and select retail locations.

Want to know what you can do to help save the bees? Chantecaille offers the following tips:
  • Plant wildflower seeds.
  • Eliminate pesticide and herbicide use.
  • Purchase local honey from community beekeepers
  • Sign the Pollinator Pledge!
  • Bring back the pollinators. Click here to learn more.

Remember lovelies -- Ugly is not a physical flaw, but is of one’s character … choose beautiful!

©2014 The Makeup Examiner. All rights reserved. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Gets Real Techo for Spring 2014

For Spring 2014, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is opting not to play it safe. As part of its Plastic Passion Collection, the 100% vegan and cruelty-free cosmetic house has launched six new vivacious Lip Tar hues for the season, proving that OCC is definitely stepping away from the norm pastel palettes of the past.

Introducing hyper-saturated shades in Technicolor textures, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ Plastic Passion Lip Tar Collection delivers crazy vibrant colors. The collection is available in both matte and metallic textures, and is kicking Spring 2014 toward the serious bold!

Featuring the legendary Deven Green, as the “faces” for the Plastic Passion Collection, Lip Tar shades include:
  • Pool Boy: Aquatic Blue (Matte)
  • Roller Girl: Vibrant Lavender Purple (Matte)
  • Mannequin: Malibu Pink (Matte)
  • Kimber: Neon Orange Coral (Matte)
  • Hollywood: Beige/Gold Shimmer (Metallic)
  • Pleasure Model: Pearlescent Pink (Metallic)

Accompanying the launch of six new Lip Tar shades are Cosmetic Colour Pencils ($16), for lips and eyes, and a range of Nail Lacquers ($10). Plastic Passion Lip Tar ($18) is available in over 50 longwearing shades (including vivid primary colors for mixing and wearable neutrals) in two innovative finishes: original matte and metallic. OCC Lip Tar is available online at OCC and Sephora, and will hit Sephora stores on February 18.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Gothic Lolita and Rockstar Wigs Launch ‘Doll-Look’ Cosmetic Line

The unconventional team of Charles and Jennifer Reger, who are also the couple behind Gothic Lolita and Rockstar wigs, have expanded their styling into the cosmetics market. The duo’s new offering, Dolluxe Cosmetics, is an expansion of their Lolita Fashion style wigs. Inspired by Japanese street style, Dolluxe invites the freak show to continue.

Charles Reger explains that, “When speaking to customers about what they wanted in a new line of cosmetics, many said they wanted the look of movie stars Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe with their flawless light complexions.” Reger continued with, “Most of today's market [tries] to sell products that make women appear tan or darker, when what they really want is that beaming look of the silver screen.”

The line consists of multiple styles of false eyelashes designed to make the eye pop into a “doe-eyed cutesy appearance”:

  • Lashing Out Loud - dynamic false lashes with a short, natural layer and six longer pieces designed to set off your eye and show up with any makeup, lighting, or style
  • Harajuku Honey - stunning side-swept lash with shorter lashes for the inner eye turn to longer lashes that frame the eye
  • Born to Flirt - designed to match perfectly with your natural lashes, it elongates them by adding extra, longer layers
  • All Dolled Up - features lashes in varying length to give you a red-carpet ready look every time
  • Wishful Winking - unique strip lash with a shorter band that is designed to be worn at the end of the lash line for a dramatic, doll-like effect
  • Whiplash Attack's - beautiful look is made with slightly spaced, side-swept lashes that create a glamorous effect that blends perfectly with and elongates your natural lashes
  • Underlash A - a unique strip bottom lash, designed to be worn in either direction
  • Underlash B - a striking strip bottom lash designed to complement your eye shape, with longer, thicker lashes offset by shorter ones
Reading the eyelash description and viewing the photos, it’s unclear how Dolluxe meets the needs of a customer’s desire to emulate Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe or the stars’ flawless light complexions. Furthermore, the market is far from dominated by products “that make women appear tan or darker” and perhaps Reger needs to conduct legitimate market research prior to pulling statements out of the air. Anyway, for those that desire the doll-look, visit the Dolluxe site.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Redken Runway Report With Hair How-Tos From Guido

The Fall/Winter shows from Milan may be long over, but winter is not. So with quite a few months left in the season, it’s time to dive into those stunning looks straight from the runways and here to tell us the how-tos is Redken Creative Consultant Guido Palau … better known as Guido.

Versace - Guido created the style for the Versace show in Milan by taking a “boyish approach to feminine hair” with a punk edge. He started with a rich blow-dry that held true to the glamour, luxury, and sensuality that the house stands for, but then added one distinctly new element. The “comb up” he sculpted in the front proved it might just all be in the details, giving the final style just the right amount of rock n' roll. “I didn't use a flat iron on this look as it's not supposed to be stick straight, but it's not a big bouncy blow-out either,” said Guido.

Get the Look: Redken Products Used - forceful 23 super strength finishing spray, satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion, hardware 16 super strong gel

  1. Apply satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion to damp hair and blow-dry with a large round brush for a smooth straight look
  2. Create a clean deep left side part with a tail comb, and then tuck the left side behind the ear and clip in place
  3. Apply a small amount of hardwear 16 super strong gel to the hair starting at the forehead and along the part and then combing the right section slightly up and back into shape
  4. Remove the clip on the left side and finish the style by applying forceful 23 super strength finishing spray to a comb and then lightly combing over style to keep flyaways at bay and create a smooth, glossy finished look

Bottega Veneta - Guido created a hairstyle as irresistible as the beautiful Bottega Veneta collection. Guido said designer Tomas Maier wanted the girls to have a “real hairstyle” for the show and the end result was an overall look of pure elegance. “My point of reference for [this style] was actresses in both the 40s and 70s. The key to these soft, voluminous curls is the amount of product you use and also to focus on using a small curling iron, like the 1/2 inch irons that were used, and curling small sections of hair,” said Guido.

Get the Look: Redken Products Used - guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam, iron shape 11 thermal setting mist

  1. Apply guts 10 root targeted volumizing spray foam from roots to ends to create volume and a base for styling and rough blow-dry hair
  2. When dry, make a deep side part and then mist hair all over with iron shape 11 thermal setting mist to protect hair from the heat and help the curls hold their shape
  3. Start to pin curl hair in small sections with a 1/2-inch barrel curling iron, making sure to leave the top 2-3 inches on the drown uncurled. Pin each curl to the head with setting pins as you curl
  4. When finished curling the whole head, leave to set and when then when hair has cooled unpin each curl
  5. When finished unpinning each curl, run fingers lightly through curls and then gently brush out with a boar bristle brush for more volume
  6. Backbrush the top front section and then sweep the section across the forehead and secure in place with a bobby pin

Roberto Cavalli and Jil Sander - Guido referred to the “Cavalli woman” when describing the super shiny, easygoing, and ultimately “Cavalli-chic” style he created for the show. He cited the pure, minimal “Jil Sander girl” when explaining the sleek, glistening pony he created for Jil Sander's show, emphasizing a tie to the consistently relevant, modern styles she creates in reference to none other than “her woman”.

Roberto Cavalli - Get the Look:

  1. Start by making a center part on damp hair and then blow-dry straight with a boar bristle brush
  2. Over-apply Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine Intense from lengths to ends when hair is dry, finishing with Redken control addict 28 high control hairspray and then a generous mist of Redken shine flash 02 glistening mist for a very strong, shiny look

Jil Sander - Get the Look:

  1. Apply Redken satinwear 02 prepping blow-dry lotion to damp hair and blow-dry hair straight
  2. Apply Redken hardwear 16 super strong gel to only the crown of the head, applying section by section and combing straight back (no part), being sure not the pull the comb all the way through the lengths as the ponytail should not have gel
  3. Secure hair into a low, tight ponytail at the nape of the neck with an elastic, and then take one section of hair and wrap around elastic, securing with a bobby pin.
  4. Spray the hair in the ponytail with Redken iron shape 11 finishing thermal spray and then flatiron the ponytail stick-straight
  5. Finish entire style with Redken shine flash 02 glistening mist focusing on the crown so the finished style has a slick, wet finish

Dolce & Gabbana – For the D&G show, Guido created a soft, romantic up-do that looked truly fit for a queen … or at the very least, fit for models dressed in the beautiful Byzantine-themed show. “This elegant style is another variation of the Dolce & Gabbana woman this season, playing on that [Italian] idea of softness, romance, and a certain cinematic, womanly beauty. I took inspiration from the idea of an iconic woman with a kind of natural Italian allure- think the actress Sofia Loren or the women in the 1960 film la Dolce Vita,” said Guido.

Get the Look: Redken Products Used - quick tease 15 backcombing finishing spray, shine flash 02 glistening mist, guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam
  1. Apply guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam to damp hair from roots to ends and blow-dry with a round brush
  2. Add quick tease 15 backcombing finishing spray to the crown section by section, holding each section for a few seconds to let it dry before moving onto the next
  3. After the quick tease 15 has dried completely, backcomb hair with an oval boar bristle brush for light, airy volume throughout the crown
  4. Create a 1 inch part that's slightly off center and then gently brush hair from front to back starting behind the 1 inch parted section in front, folding into a chignon flat against the head at the nape of the neck and securing with pins
  5. Spray style with shine flash 02 glistening mist for a glossy finish