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Carey Mulligan, Oscars Beauty!‏

Makeup by Georgie Eisdell

“This was Carey’s first Oscars so I wanted to make sure she looked age appropriate but still embrace the glamour of the night. Carey’s dress was edgy and elegant so I wanted to keep her makeup looking fresh and youthful. I wanted to enhance the natural beauty of her skin so I used La Mer foundation lightly powdered with La Mer’s translucent powder over that. For her eyes, I used Chanel soft beige and pink shadows from their spice palette. I used MAC’s black track eye liner followed by YSL’s Faux Cils mascara in black. To finish off her eyes I sharpened up her eyebrows with Laura Mercier’s soft blonde brow powder duo. For her cheeks, I wanted to give them a pinched cheek look with Dior’s glowing color powder blush in fruit de la passion. For the finishing touch on her skin, I used Bobbi Brown bronzing powder in medium. And finally on her lips I used Dior addict lip polish 004. I used La Mer body creme on the way out the door to give her body the same glow.”

The New Wavy Hairstyle

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Hippie-inspired beach waves continue to dominate the red carpet, but at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, stylist Robert Vetica took curls a decade further. “It was ’70s-inspired, like Bianca Jagger–goes–to–Studio 54,” says the coiffeur about the hairdo Jennifer Lopez, his muse of the evening, wore. “I’m kind of over messy beach hair—I wanted to make a stronger statement by giving her hair style and shape. It had lots of curl and massive volume, with more width than height.”

In eschewing carefree 60s layers for Guy Bourdin–worthy curls, Vetica trimmed Lopez’s damp hair to one length (“When you blunt the hair it makes curls appear stacked and gives volume at the ends”). Next, he blew strands dry with a round brush to maintain hair’s buoyancy and fashioned a middle part. Misting a mild fixing spray, he then created spirals with a one-inch curling iron. Working from the back to the front on each side, he finger-brushed the set with Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream (“It holds the wave and takes out any dryness from the curling iron”). For a va-va-voom finish, Vetica smoothed waves with a bristled brush and backcombed under each section using a wide-tooth comb. A healthy dousing of Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray (available next month) and Lopez’s head-turning do was complete.

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Make a kissable, touchable night your top priority for Valentine’s Day‏

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Valentine’s Day marks the perfect excuse to re-vamp your beauty routine and ensure a kissable, touchable night on February 14th. Even better, get the goodies at your local drugstore with highly rated products that perform without a high price tag. Recover from seasonal forces that impact the skin and lips whether you’ve got a date with a hottie or a date with a comfy couch.

Here are some simple and inexpensive solutions (all found at your local drugstore) that will make you look and feel great:

Step 1: Lather up: A quick way to smooth skin with a yummy smell is with this bar soap that exfoliates and moisturizes at the same time. Yardley’s Oatmeal and Almond soap mixes almond and real oatmeal to smooth skin for only $1.49!

Step 2: Get a Little Closer: Shaving is best after soft exfoliation, so grab a razor and get to it. Try using the Schick Quattro for Women to get a close, smooth shave without bumps or nicks. ($9.99)

Step 3: Lock it in: Choose a shampoo and conditioner that is designed for your hair type. Finesse offers options to moisturize, create volume or curls, smooth straight strands and everything in between for loveable locks. (Starting at $4.49).

Step 4: Afterglow: You know you have to moisturize to keep skin soft, so why not add a little radiance to your skin with Jergen’s Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer. ($8.49)

Step 5: Pucker Up: Prep your lips for gloss or lipstick with a lip balm that isn’t sticky or waxy. LypSyl LypMoisturizer lasts for hours and smells slightly minty, making lips supple and kissable! ($2.99)

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DIY Red Carpet Beauty! Lea Michele’s radiant glow!

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“I wanted to create an old Hollywood meets new Hollywood vibe,” Michele’s makeup artist Melanie Inglessis says of the Glee star’s look at the SAG Awards. “Lea and I agreed that a glowy, shimmery look with a little smoky eye was the way to go.”

How to Do It

1: Perfect complexion with DiorSkin Airflash Spray Foundation.
2: Define eyes using Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Beige Messai, followed by a sweep of Chantecaille Le Stylo liner and two coats DiorShow Blackout Mascara.
3: Dust apples of cheeks with Chantecaille Cheek Shade in Wind followed by a touch of Chantecaille La Baleine Blanche illuminator on cheeks and brow bones.
4: Create a glamorous neutral lip with Chantecaille Super Lip Sheer in Eclipse.

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