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The shower and my chemically-straightened hair are frenemies. Every seventh day when I wash my hair, they get along great in a shampoo Shangri-la. But the rest of the week, I employ a shower cap to keep the steam from undoing the silky straightness. I have been wearing shower caps since I was a child, and I’ve tried them CONTINUE READING

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Golden Globes Gorgeous: Mary Louise-Parker

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 Golden Globes Gorgeous: Mary Louise ParkerCelebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow used Tarte Cosmetics on Mary Louise-Parker for the 66th annual Golden Globes.

Complexion: The Eraser in Porcelain (new shade launched this month), ReCreate anti-aging foundation with Wrinkle Rewind and SPF 15: Porcelain 00 (new product launching this month), and Provocateur Mineral Pressed Powder with SPF 8: Fair.

Cheeks: a perfect whirled cheek stain (pink)

Eyes: intense purple effect using Tarte’s Eye Couture Palette (purple shadows and black liner). Tina also used Tarte’s Lash Hugger Eco-friendly Natural Mascara

Lips: muted pink/beige-blended Tarte’s 24/7 Natural Lip Sheers with SPF 15 in Champagne Brunch and Tea Time

Golden Globes Gorgeous: Salma Hayek

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 Golden Globes Gorgeous: Salma Hayek“Salma’s makeup look was directly inspired by her dress,” said NARS Makeup Artist Matthew Vanleeuwen. “She chose a very neutral colored dress and wanted to make sure her makeup look would pop. I made her eyes the focus and added a lot of rich, jewel skin tones and fresh color to her cheeks and lips. Her look was very classic and chic, with some modern textures.”

Below is Matthew’s step-by-step to recreate Salma’s look:

Eyes: Apply China Blue Single Eyeshadow to top and bottom lash line (Matthew’s tip: “I love using navy colors because they make the whites of the eyes pop.”) Next, use Corfu Cream Eyeshadow as a base, all over eyelid. Use the golden champagne side of Alhambra Duo Eyeshadow on lid. Then, use Bengali Single Eyeshadow all along the lash line, rubbing it into the lash line, deepening the outer corner of the eye, creating shading. Curl the eyelashes and apply 2 coats of Black Orchid Mascara on lashes. Go back over top lash line with Night Clubbing Eyeshadow and use what is left on the brush under the eye to define it (Matthew’s tip: “This shade is perfect to create a smokey eye – it gives a rich sparkle at the lash line with undertones of green and gold.”)

Complexion: Use the Brightening Serum to make skin glow and apply Makeup Primer. Apply Firming Foundation and set with Loose Powder.

Lips: Use Marnie Lipliner Pencil and Tutti Frutti Lipstick. Next, mix Boogie Nights and Greek Holiday Lipglosses and apply them over the lipstick.

Blush: Apply Desire Blush to the apple of cheeks. (Matthew’s tip: “I use a powder brush to apply blush. I find that a bigger brush makes a much softer wash of color.”) Next, use Laguna Bronzer with short, back and forth stokes from the back of cheekbone forward, to blend.

Golden Globes Gorgeous: Jenna Fischer

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jenna+fischer Golden Globes Gorgeous: Jenna FischerHow did Jenna Fischer, everyone’s favorite endearing secretary on NBC’s The Office, get her sexiest look yet for last night’s 66th Annual Golden Globes?

Make up artist Brett Freedman played up her new whimsical, boho-vibe with an extended eyeliner on the eyes and a little “out of the box glam” for the usually understated Jenna. What would Pam say?

Brett used the following products:

jenna+fischer1 Golden Globes Gorgeous: Jenna FischerFoundation: LORAC Oil Free Powder Foundation in #02 (Light)

Loose Powder: Prescriptives Liquid Powder in Deep Translucent (It has a gorgeous light-reflective quality with a hint of bronze and photographs beautifully.)

Concealer: Cle De Peau Concealer in Beige

Blush: Almay Smart Shade Blush in Natural, topped with LORAC Oil Free Luminizing Powder in Luminous on apples of the cheeks.

Eyeshadow: Rimmel Colour Rush Mono Eyeshadow in #330 Azure, applied wet and swept over lids and blended down to a sheer finish.

Liquid Liner: Lancome Laque Liner in Pure Black – applied a line across the top lash line, thickening and extending out and upward for a dramatic look.

Brow Highlight Shadow: L’Oreal HiP pigment powder in Restless. (I love to have a bright, crisp brow bone. This champagne hued shadow looks natural yet packs a punch.)

Mascara: Vanitymark ‘the LASH’ in Blackest. Three coats were applied to really amp up the top lashline. One full coat on the bottom to give eyes definition without overpowering the top lash line.

Faux Lashes: Kre-At Beauty individual lashes. A mix of the short (on the inner eye) and the long (for outer) in black were used to give an alluring sweep.

Body Bronzer: Vanitymark Summerskin, applied first to ‘tone down’ the tawny shade so Jenna would have a healthy glow without being too tan. (When you’re showing that much flesh it’s good to have a nice lift of color.)

Lips: Benefit Pocket Pal in Benetint.

Golden Globes Gorgeous: Freida Pinto

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Freida+Pinto Golden Globes Gorgeous: Freida PintoMakeup artist, Jeffrey Paul created a fresh, sunkissed look with Jouer cosmetics for Slumdog Millionaire’s Freida Pinto at the Golden Globes.

Freida’s radiant natural beauty and flawless skin tone was the inspiration behind Jeffrey Paul’s red carpet look. He used his distinctive technique to enhance Freida’s natural beauty and encourage her true character to emerge. Jeffrey wanted Freida’s natural beauty to be the focal point of her overall look, so he decided to go with a subtle palette of shimmering pinks, champagne and gold – to accentuate her flawless skin and natural glow. He wanted her look to be soft, fresh and easy.

To re-create Freida’s radiant red carpet look:

Eyes: Jeffrey used a thick green liner with flecks of gold. He smudged Jouer Eye Definer in Vert very close to the lashes to frame her eyes, The soft green color complimented her eye coloring while the gold flecks in the liner tied the look together. For additional color, he added Jouer Eyeshadow in Amaretto in the crease of the eyelid to add definition and blended with a soft brush. Jouer Conditioning Mascara in Noir was used on both the top and bottom lashes to show off Freida’s long thick lashes.

Skin: To get Freida’s sunkissed look, Jeffrey mixed together foundation and concealer and only used on key spots to blend outward for a soft effect. Jouer Crème Highlighter was used on the brow bone and cheek bones to add additional definition and shimmer.

Lips: Jeffrey finished the look using the Jouer Crème Highlighter matched with Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Monsoon. The golden tone of the highlighter accentuated the natural pink color of her lips while the sheer deep wine gloss was the perfect compliment.

Golden Globes Gorgeous: Megan Fox

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megan+fox Golden Globes Gorgeous: Megan FoxFrederic Fekkai’s Renato Campora styled presenter, Megan Fox’s locks into a modern runway-inspired French twist.

To copy Megan’s foxy look, start by applying Fekkai Coiff Controle to damp hair and smooth out the texture with the Fekkai Classic Brush. Separate the top of the hair and tease the bottom all the way around. Using Fekkai Pomade Cristal to create texture pull the bottom portion of the hair to one side and twist. Secure with pins. Join the top to rest of the hair and follow the direction of the twist. Attach the front to the back to give you a sculptured wave. Finish with Fekkai Glossing Sheer Shine Mist. Creating the twist in two sections gives the classic French twist a modern look.

Golden Globes Gorgeous: Angelina Jolie

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angelina+jolie Golden Globes Gorgeous: Angelina JolieCelebrity makeup artist Mary Burton created the beautiful look for Angelina Jolie and shared tips on how to recreate it.

Mary wanted to create a sheer, natural look and chose to focus on Angie’s eyes. She applied Lancôme Artliner in Noir to the lash line starting at the inner corner and blending out. To create drama, Mary used two different mascaras, Lancôme Virtuôse Mascara in Black and Lancôme Ôscillation Mascara in Black and applied a few coats of both to add volume and length. She added just a touch of color to the apples of her cheeks by applying Lancôme Color Design Blush in Model Mocha with her finger. To finish the look, Mary used Lancôme Juicy Tubes in Spring Fling for a soft, pale pink, glossy pout.

Celebrity hairstylist David Babaii styled Angeline’s mane with three simple tools: a blow dryer, round brush and his signature Bohemian Beach Spray.

After blow drying her hair with his David Babaii for WildAid Blow Dryer and a round brush, David took large sections twisting the ends around the brush and spraying each with his Bohemian Beach Spray. Using the dryer’s low speed, he gave each section a blast of warm air to set. After cooling, the section was gently unwrapped from the brush and additional Bohemian Beach Spray was scrunched in to give volume and lift. The result is a look that is not over done or un-natural and is easy to achieve at home!

Golden Globes Gorgeous: Kate Winslet

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kate+winslet Golden Globes Gorgeous: Kate WinsletCelebrity makeup artist Jillian Dempsey did Lancôme ambassador Kate Winslet’s makeup and gave me the scoop on the makeup she used. Jillian wanted to play up Kate’s eyes, cheeks and lips.

She used Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Kohl Eyeliner in Black on the upper lash line first and then applied dark brown eyeliner and smudged it on the lower lashes. Next, she lightly dusted Lancôme Color Design Eye Shadow in Chic on the eyelid. To make Kate’s eyes pop, she added a few coats of Lancôme Ôscillation Mascara in Black. Next, Jillian added some color to the apples of the cheeks by custom blending several shades of coral, peachy blushes together. Jillian opted for a classic red lip and finished the look with Avon Pro-to-Go Lipstick in Cherry Glisten.

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