Let’s face it, most females start planning their weddings really young. While many dream about the perfect dress, shoes and even groom, I’ve only ever thought of the perfect makeup. That’s why I was excited to create a look inspired by a gorgeous wedding dress I found on Lover.ly, a wedding planning binder that lives in the cloud.
For this look I chose Modern Trousseau’s autum, a drop-dead strapless Italian duchess gown, that features French alenon lace, a fit-to-flare silhouette and sweetheart neckline. The gown is both daring and elegant, and the sultriness of it is refined with a delicate silk flower belt worn at the waist.
Because of the dress’ bold sexy style, I thought a soft, smokey eye would complement it perfectly. I used accents of silver and dark grey to create a whimsical, romantic eye look that adds some sparkle and nicely complements the light grey silk seen at the neckline and around the waist. The sparkles in the eye shadow are meant to jazz up the overall bridal makeup look, while a soft pink cheek color creates a natural blushing bride flush.
I topped off the look with a subdued lip color, so that the focus isn’t taken away from the dramatic eye makeup. Here are the products used:
POND’S Luminous Finish BB+ Cream, Medium
Revlon Colorstay, Sultry Smoke
Urban Decay, Moonsppon
Barer Minerals in Sterling Silver
Cynthia Rowley – Pencil Eyeliner
Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Hi-Light Blush, Pink Rose
Mary Kay Nourishine Plus Lip Gloss: Café Au Lai
See the products I used here and re-create your own makeup look.
To seem more gowns, visit Lover.ly.
If you’ve viewed my Instagram page lately (@delia_licious) you saw a quick snapshot I did using colors from Estée Lauder’s new Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eye Pencil collection.
Available in 16 gorgeous shades, the 12-hour wear eye pencils are not just long-lasting, but waterproof, so you can define your eyes and not have to work about the product disappearing or smudging. I wear the colors from day-to-night and found that they are in fact long-wearing and do not fade at all. I have the teal, gold and sapphire blue, and the colors are bright and vibrant; moreover, they really do apply true to the way they look on the outside of the pencil.
When I applied the product, it glided on smoothly and effortlessly. I also liked that the pencil features a smudger on the other end for to facilitate creating a smokey eye look. I actually used the smudger to create the winged eyeliner look seen in the picture above.
The eye pencils retail for about $23.
I was recently cleaning my room for the New Year and unearthed a ton of products tucked away that I had completely forgot I had. As tempting as it was for me to hang on to them (I am very attached to beauty products and have a hard time at the thought of having to let any of them go to waste), I realized that I need to put the health of my skin first. So, I had to check the expiration dates on the packages. The problem? Most of the products didn’t have the expiration date listed, so what I decided to do next is look up the expiration date online. Yup. Many of you may not be aware, but one of the best ways to find out the shelf life of a product is to simply look it up online. All you have to do is locate the batch code or a lot number that’s usually printed on the packaging or product.
Here are some apps and websites you can use to help assist you:
At the December 7th premiere of the movie “Annie,” actress Cameron Diaz who plays Miss. Hannigan in the film opted for a much understated look with an all-black ensemble. Her makeup, however, was anything but understated. “To compliment the classic simplicity of her dress, we created a beauty look that was clean and modern with a pop of color,” said Robin Fredriksz for MARC JACOBS BEAUTY. “The result is pretty and fresh, which is always my inspiration for Cameron and the perfect description of her beauty.”
Below Robin discuss the techniques used to create Cameron’s red-carpet look:
“Cameron loves to play with color but to keep it focused to one area of the face. We immediately fell in love with this deep, berry shade of the Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick in Headliner 608, which we used to layer and blend onto the lips. We even dabbed the color on the apples of her cheeks to tie the entire face together for a cohesive, punctuated, flushed look.”
“Given the brightness of the lips, we kept the skin very light and luminous with the Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Supercharged Foundation and highlighted her features with slight contouring using the Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronze Perfect Tan and The Bronze – Bronzer Brush No.12.”
“To highlight Cameron’s striking eyes, we used the Marc Jacobs Beauty Style-Eye Con No.7 Plush Shadow in The Dreamer 212, primarily using the matte pink eyeshadow all over the eye lid and then taking the pink shimmer eyeshadow for under the inner eye to give a little sparkle. We applied a light dusting of the dark brown shadow in the crease of the eye to add depth and dimension. We used Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Brown(Out) 54 to outline the top and bottom eye lids blending the pencil line with a brush to create a softened effect, which served as the perfect complement for the blueness in her eyes. We finished the look with Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara in Blacquer 30 to add a glossy, high-impact for a true movie-star effect.”
PRODUCTS: Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super-Charged Foundation ($48), Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronze Perfect Tan ($49), Marc Jacobs Beauty The Bronze – Bronzer Brush No.12 ($78), Marc Jacobs Beauty Style-Eye Con No.7 Plush Shadow in The Dreamer 212 ($59), Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Brown(Out) 54 ($25), Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara in Blacquer 30 ($26), Marc Jacobs Beauty Kiss Pop Lip Color Stick in Headliner 608 ($28)
I recently tested out Maybelline New York Eyestudio Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara. The product promises to give you bold and sculpted arches with just a few strokes of a brush. It features a Sculpting Ball Brush, similar to a mascara wand, and uses a tinted colored gel to fill in sparse areas.
The brush picks up just enough of the gel formula and combs it through the small brow hairs evenly and lightly. For a very natural look I went over my brows with one coat as you see in the picture below. When I decided I wanted a fuller darker brow, a la Cara Delevingne, I added a few more swipes, which gave me very thick, but still natural looking arches. The best thing about the gel is that once it dries, it really stays put, so you don’t have to worry about it smudging or wearing off throughout the day.
The only con is that it does take some time to get used to the application, which requires light, upwards strokes along the contour of the brow. I would recommend this product for someone who has a difficult time mastering pencil and powder liners and wants a quick and easy way to create a groomed look. For those who are brow pros, use this to sculpt, define and lock hairs in place, then go over sparse areas with your pencil or brush.
The product is available in 3 shades: blonde, soft brown and deep brown. It retails for about $9 in drugstores.
Fresh is asking fans to submit the story of their first kiss for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree in celebration of its widely loved Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments. From November 18th to December 12th, stories can be submitted by visiting the microsite and uploading a photo or video with your kissing confessional.
The campaign kicked off yesterday with the launch of Fresh Blue Box, a mobile popup which is offering an interactive retail experience along with tons of fun freebies and contests. Check out the list below to see if you are located near one of the stops on the Blue Box’s route so you can stop by to join in on the Fresh fun!
The Fresh Blue Box “My First Fresh Kiss” Route
UCLA – 11/18
Fresh at The Grove – 11/20
Fresh Pasadena – 12/10 + 12/11
Now that Fall is in full swing, I have been looking to update my makeup look with colors that amply reflect the season such as browns and oranges. This weekend I tried Revlon ColorStay 16hr Eye Shadow in Wild. The eyeshadow pallet is part of Revlon’s exclusive Spring 2014 Rio Rush Collection by Gucci Westman, which actually only features two pallets: Wild (which I tested) and Exotic. The tropical hues in the limited edition collection were inspired by “Carnaval” in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.
Although the colors were inspired by summer, I think the shades defiantly work well for the fall. The shimmery champagne and white base colors remind me of the holidays, the orange conjures thoughts of fall leaves, and the deep teal evokes a cold, winter night.
The white and champagne colors are very dry, and require several quotes to bring out the full hue, which in my opinion, still needs to be intensified with a deeper shade, perhaps of brown, at the base. However, the orange and teal are nothing short of magnificent. The vibrant colors are very pigmented and are perfect for blending.
I started followed the steps outlined behind the back of the packaging to get the look pictured at the top of this article. But, once I saw how nicely the colors came together I felt comfortable adding my own flair by using the white on the inner corners of the eyes and center of the lids for a bright-eyed look. Do you think it looks like a good fall eye shadow palette, or should it be kept in the summer box?
In celebration of Virgin Atlantic’s 30th anniversary, cosmetics brand Illamasqua has partnered with the airline to launch the newest color in its Glamore Lipstick collection called “Virgin.” The hue was developed specifically to match Virgin Atlantic’s famous pantone red and will be worn by all Virgin Atlantic Stewardess.
“A key part of our look has always been the iconic red lips and Illamasqua really understands color and their lipsticks are known for their high pigmentation content which really makes them stand out from the crowd,” said Rebecca Creer, Global Spas and Styling Manager for Virgin Atlantic. “The new Virgin colour they have created complements our new uniform beautifully and will take the iconic Virgin red lip into the future.”
The new shade, which became available for sale to the public in early September for $26, is long-lasting and durable enough to within stand long flights, the company claims. The hydrating, satin finish lipstick goes on smoothly and is the perfect red for the fall.
In addition to developing the classic red lipstick, the team at Illamasqua also developed a new fresh make-up look for Virgin Atlantic Stewardess which features soft natural definition to the eyes and brows, as well as subtle contouring in order to create a complementary shape to the face.
Consumers can recreate the classic Virgin Atlantic look with an exclusive bundle available for purchase on illamasqua.com.
So, you know that Whole Foods is packed with yummy, good-for-you food, but did you know that you can get some amazing beauty products there? Case and point: Illuminating Beauty Balm SPF 9.
I’ve tended to stay away for BB creams, because no matter how many of them I’ve tried nothing really seem to match my skin perfectly. I also don’t feel like most BB creams live up to the hype – I am able to get a flawless look from the same tinted moisturizer I’ve been using since the 10th grade. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled upon Mineral Fusion’s Illuminating Beauty Balm, a hypo-allergenic, fragrance free all-in-one BB cream.
The product comes in one universal shade that matches all skin tones. At first, I didn’t believe this product stood a chance in matching my olive complexion when I saw the light beige color emerge from the tube, but when I put it on, it blended in seamlessly and felt weightless. My large pores were masked, my skin tone was even, and I was glowing. Although it is a BB cream, the coverage seems more like a light foundation, as it literally provided me with a flawless complexion.
The BB cream is formulated with skin-soothing aloe and nourishing botanicals to provide long-lasting hydration, and also includes a unique mineral-peptide blend and natural anti-oxidants to promote younger looking skin. It also contains SPF to protect against the sun’s harmful rays.
What is it: All-in-one: Makeup + moisturizer + age-defying treatment + sun protection.
Cost: $24.99 at mineralfusion.com or Whole Foods.