Archive: Hourglass

Get The Look: Cameron Diaz at the UK Premiere of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”.

Cameron Diaz was a luminous presence at Tuesday’s UK premiere of What To Expect When You’re Expecting. Makeup artist Emma Lovell used Hourglass Cosmetics to create her leading lady look with a focus on dramatic eyes, plum lips and radiant skin. “The makeup was designed to complement Cameron’s cream Stella McCartney jumpsuit, her choppy blonde bob and her dramatic earrings. I wanted a cute feline eye to be the main attraction, keeping the lips pretty and fresh with a plum stain.”

Skin: Emma primed the skin using Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum, which infuses the complexion with 28 beneficial ingredients as it prepares it for makeup. “I love it because it makes the skin lovely and smooth,” she says. She then followed with Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation in Sand to ensure an exquisitely matte complexion. She also dabbed Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener under the eyes.

Cheeks: Emma applied Hourglass Illume Crème-To-Powder Bronzer Duo in Sunset. First she applied the bronze shade to contour underneath the cheekbones and then followed with the blush shade on the apples of the cheeks. “I like to use my fingers to seamlessly blend them,” she says. She finished the cheeks off with a hint of luminizer.

Eyes: Emma started by filling in the brows with MAC Eye Brow Pencil in Fling. She then used Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Gypsy, applying the shell shimmer shade on the lid and the deep copper shimmer shade in the socket line and along the lash line. She followed with Hourglass Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner in Ebony. “I started with a very a thin line at the inner corner of the eye and made it thicker as I went along, kicking it out for a subtle kitten eye. After the liquid liner, I went back along the line with the deep copper shadow to soften it—it’s not so retro that way.” After applying Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara on the lashes, she applied a full set of fake lashes.

Lips: Emma used Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Nocturnal, a plum berry shade, and applied it with her fingertips to create a stain effect. She finished with a coat of Rodial Glam Balm. “Cameron took the lipstick with her for touchups during the night,” she says.

You can find all the products used at Hourglass Cosmetics.com

Get The Look: Gwyneth Paltrow and Mary-Kate Olsen at the 2012 MET Ball

As far as red carpet events go, the annual Costume Institute Gala at The Met in New York is the unrivaled pinnacle of fashion and beauty, the Oscars of the East Coast. At Monday night’s affair two of Hollywood’s most fashionable stars, Gwyneth Paltrow and Mary-Kate Olsen, showcased makeup looks by Hourglass Cosmetics as they ascended the famous steps of The Met Museum.

MARY-KATE OLSEN
As a fashion force and celebrated co-designer of The Row, Mary-Kate Olsen implicitly understands the nuances of style. For the Met ball, and to play off her dramatic black dress and textural updo, “She wanted her makeup to look tonal, earthy and utterly feminine,” says makeup artist Molly R. Stern. “It’s very modern and matte. The secret to pulling it off is imbuing the cheeks with a spot of color.”

Skin: Molly first hydrated the skin with Natura Bisse C+C Vitamin Cream and primed with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer to ensure the longevity of her makeup. She followed with Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup in Ivory for light, sheer coverage and created a matte finish with Oxygen Mineral Powder #2.

Cheeks: To create contour and warmth in the cheeks, Molly first applied the bronze shade of Hourglass Illume Crème-To-Powder Bronzer Duo in Sunset to the base of the cheek bone. She then used Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stain in Petal on the apples of the cheeks and blended the two products. “With a look as neutral as this you need to give the cheeks some life,” she says.

Eyes: Molly combined the two shades of Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Gypsy with the taupe shade from Hourglass Vol. 6 Eye Shadow Palette to add depth and shadow to the eye crease and top and bottom lash line. For more intensity, she lined the inside of the upper lash line with Hourglass Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner in Cognac, a chocolate shade. For an understated lash look, Molly applied Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer to the bottom lashes only, leaving the top ones bare. “I wanted to subtly tint the lower lashes,” she says, explaining why she used the lash topcoat.

Lips: To create a berry stain, Molly pressed Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Nocturnal, a plum wine shade, into the center of her top and bottom lip. “The goal was to make it look like she had been eating berries,” says Molly. She added, “Mary-Kate is an amazing collaborator who likes to push the boundaries.”

GWYNETH PALTROW
Makeup artist Emma Lovell drew inspiration from Gwyneth Paltrow’s dramatic Prada dress and her tight chignon when devising the star’s luminous look. “We focused on the eyes with a smoky, taupe-y 60s eye,” says the London-based Lovell. “It’s a modern riff on Twiggy, a little more dramatic than Gwyneth’s typical natural look, and with a focus on gorgeous, glowing skin.”

Skin: Emma primed the skin using the new Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum, which infuses the complexion with 28 skin-softening ingredients as it prepares it for makeup. “I always aim to create radiant skin,” she says, “and No. 28 ensures a brilliant canvas.” She then followed with Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup in No. 2 shade for a dewy complexion.

Cheeks: “Gwyneth was just in Mexico and got a little color so I wanted to highlight that,” she says. To do so Emma applied Hourglass Illume Crème-To-Powder Bronzer Duo in Sunset. “I used the bronze shade on the top of the cheekbones, underneath the cheekbones and on the temples—anywhere the sun would naturally hit.” She then used the blush shade on the apples of the cheeks and blended the two.

Eyes: Emma started by filling in the brows with MAC Eye Brow Pencil in Fling. She then used the taupe shade from the Hourglass Vol. 6 Eye Shadow Palette all over the socket and underneath the eyes, followed by Hourglass Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner in Ebony. “Start from the center of the eye lid and draw outwards,” she says. After curling the lashes she applied multiple coats of Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara, focusing on the center of the lashes. “You’re aiming for a rounded effect—more Bambi-like than cat-eye,” she says. For extra drama she finished the eyes with a coat of Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer.

Lips: Emma used Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Fable, a light pink beige. She finished up by blending two shades of Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss and applying it over the lipstick. “I wanted a vintage-y pink lip so I combined the Lush and Child shades,” she says.

 

Find the products used to create these looks at Hourglasscosmetics.com

Pregnancy Beauty Tips From Hourglass Artistic Director Gina Brooke

Pregnancy is a time of joyous expectation and exciting new changes, but the morning sickness, dehydration and sudden skin sensitivity can sometimes leave you feeling less than beautiful. Gina Brooke, the Artistic Director for Hourglass Cosmetics, is a world-renowned makeup artist and a recent new mother herself, and she’s giving her unique perspective on looking and feeling your best.
“I loved being pregnant, but it certainly inspired some changes in my beauty routine,” says Gina. “Ensuring my body stayed hydrated, protected and free of irritants were my top priorities.”

Now, Gina is sharing her best tips and insider product recommendations for looking and feeling beautiful during your pregnancy:

· Skin is especially fragile during pregnancy, so SPF is key. Gina relies on Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 ($52), a silky, mineral-based primer, before applying makeup. It smoothes the skin, neutralizes redness and hydrates the complexion while being free of gluten, parabens, sulfates and phthalates. It’s also vegan.

· Dry, chapped lips are one of the many side effects that pregnant women experience, and the best way to resolve this is to exfoliate and hydrate on a regular basis. Gina loves Smashbox Emulsion Lip Exfoliant ($18), a sugar-based lip scrub. Poppy seeds and sugar granules gently remove flaky skin, while shea butter conditions your lips. After exfoliating, try Hourglass Aura Sheer Lip Stain ($26). This water-based, liquid gel stain formula offers a delicious wash of color and contains Vitamin E and Green Tea to make lips extra supple.

· Dry hair can be an issue for many moms-to-be as hormone levels fluctuate. Remedy it with Phyto’s Phyto 9 Daily Ultra Nourishing Botanical Cream for Ultra Dry Hair ($26). This leave-in treatment makes hair incredibly silky and shiny with macadamia oil and plant extracts. It also works to smooth frizz and split ends.

· Many women experience dehydrated skin during pregnancy. Gina recommends using Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer ($55) to restore moisture to the skin and to create the “illusion” of healthy, glowing skin. It has light-reflecting properties and contains hyaluronic spheres which hydrate and keep skin looking soft and hydrated. It also contains an SPF 15 and is free of parabens, gluten, sulfates and phthalates. It’s also vegan.

Discover all of Gina’s recommended products at Sephora stores nationwide and on Sephora.com via computer or smartphone.


INTRODUCING HOURGLASS AURA CHEEK AND LIP STAINS FOR A BLISSFUL GLOW


Just in time for spring come Hourglass Cosmetics’ Aura, water-based, liquid gel stains for cheeks and lips. The pair can be worn together or solo. Either way they imbue the complexion with an ethereal, transparent flush and can be used to simulate the 70s-inspired, Californian look seen on spring runways. If spring makeup is about looking effortlessly chic, then the Aura range is right on the mark. The products enhance, illuminate and highlight without color overkill.

“The Aura collection is the ideal prescription for those in search of a lighter, more natural look,” says Carisa Janes, Founder and CEO of Hourglass Cosmetics. “They offer a totally unique finish between a tint and a stain.”

This new Aura cheek stain  is simply amazing! Its not too dark so those normally afraid of stains this is for you, it leaves the perfect tint to your cheeks that lasts. I tried the Petal color and its the perfect peachy blush and it went on great over my foundation. I love that the product is water based it feel great going on and I love how long it lasts.

Aura Cheek Stain – $45:
· Water-based formula with real staying power that gives cheeks a gorgeous lit-from-within glow
· Enriched with Vitamin E to help improve skin’s moisture retention
· Twist-click dispenser equipped with a sponge applicator for ease of application
· Free of oil, fragrance, and phthalates
· Available in three shades: Rouge (sheer rose); Flush (sheer red); Petal (sheer pink/coral shimmer)

The lip stain has been perfected! I love  my Hourglass Aura Lip stain, the water based formula doesn’t dry my lips like some of the other stains I ‘ve tried. The great scent is a plus and I love the perfect tint it leaves my lips.

I have the Petal in the lip stain at first I worried it might be too orange but it comes out a soft peachy pink that leaves my lips looking natural but with a perfect pink color.
Aura Lip Stain – $26:
· Water-based, non-transfer formula offers a delicious wash of color, buildable coverage and a natural, semi-matte finish
· Beneficial ingredients include anti-oxidants like Vitamin E and Green Tea Extract plus an algae-based extract that addresses elastin and collagen degradation in the lips
· Flock tip applicator with a built-in twist mechanism for easy, even application
· Free of parabens, phthalates, fragrance and sulfates
· Available in three shades: Scarlet (sheer plum); Flush (sheer red); Petal (sheer pink/coral shimmer)

They are currently available at Sephora.com and will be launching shortly at Sephora, Barneys and HourglassCosmetics.com

Disclosure: Complimentary samples of the above mentioned products were sent to me for an honest review.