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Reader Request: “Help!! Cocktail party make up”

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I’m an avid reader of both your sites. I really love how personal you make each one. I’m writing you to ask for help, I have to attend a cocktail part at the W Hotel in Dallas. I’ll be going as a date to my boyfriend (who is very fashionable), he will be recieving an award from his job.

I am absolutely clueless about what do to for make up. I’m very pale, anglo, and will be wearing a little black dress and very understated accessories. I use Perscriptives for foundation and concealer, and Dior Show for my lashes, but everything else is lost on me. Can you help put togeather a little black dress look for me?

Thank you in advance for your time and any help you might be able to give!

–Candy H.

Candy –  

Thanks for contacting us!  I’d say you definitely need some smoky eyes!  Try the tips below!  (You can also watch a great How-To on smoky eyes – here!)

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Keira Knightley made a seductive statement at the Academy Awards with smoky eyes, a tried-and-true red-carpet beauty showstopper. This year’s variations on sexy charcoal seducers call for small touches of femininity for extra come-hither appeal. To create your own alluring guise, follow celebrity makeup artist and What Not to Wear beautifying guru Carmindy’s easy steps. It might not score you a statuette, but this tempting look will win you plenty of attention.

Hopefully this helps!

Jocelyn

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Expert Tip: Is it worth it to try and highlight your hair, yourself?

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We recently recieved this email from Lauren, asking a hair question:

I usually get my hair done at a salon but I’m trying to pinch pennies in order to take a trip to Cali. So in the mean time I’m wondering if I should do my own highlights. Do you recommend this? If so, any tips or specific brands you recommend? Thanks.

This was one area I know nothing about, I don’t ever dye or highlight my own hair.  (Too many bad experiences!)  For years, I have trusted my hair with the enormously talented Marsi from Bella Salon, in Beaverton, Oregon.  She is a genius when it comes to hair color – so Lauren, I forwarded your question on to Marsi.  Here’s what she had to say:

Hi Jocelyn, I’m so happy to help.

As far as the highlights at home, I would tell her not to try it unless she’s willing to spend twice as much as she would have initially spent getting it done, getting it fixed.

Highlights are just too complicated and require specific technique, if it didn’t then we couldn’t charge what we do for it.

I would however recommend doing all over color at home. I would recommend going to a local beauty supply store, like Sally’s, and ask for help. I would ONLY recommend doing a semi-permanent gloss and stick with more golden colors and not too far off from your natural color or what you currently have. You can really mess up your hair with permanent color or by trying to do something too dramatic.

Your hair is something you wear everyday, it’s not like make-up that you can just wipe off, so if you screw it up- you’re screwed!
Sorry for such a long answer! Hopefully that helps.

Marsi.

So Lauren, I hope this helps!  Keep us posted!

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Gisele Bundchen in March’s Harper’s Bazaar!

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They say Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen was discovered by talent scouts at the tender age of 14 while chowing down on burgers at McDonald’s. By 2006, Forbes had named her the highest-paid model in the business! Fresh and animated, with deep blue eyes, tawny skin and lithe, sinuous curves, she’s a modern-day enchantress. Here she is in a palette of sand, bronze and muted peach. Makeup artist Deborah Grayson tells us how to get her breezy, beachy look.

Step 1: Start with a clean, lightly moisturized face; allow the moisturizer to seep in for a few minutes before applying makeup.

Step 2: Using a damp sponge, apply a fine film of creamy (but not oily) stick foundation to any ruddy or blemished areas of the face, neck and shoulders.

Step 3: With your fingertips, dot a tiny bit of the same cream foundation onto the area just under the eyes, to hide any darkness or shadows you might have; blend in soft patting (not pulling) motions.

Step 4: Dip a flat, fan-shaped contour brush into loose flesh-toned translucent powder. Shake off any excess and apply the powder lightly to the cheeks. The powder will set a base for the contour, which you’ll apply in the next step.

Step 5: With the same fan-shaped contour brush, place a sandy, bronze blush to the apples of the cheeks, moving back toward the ears.

Step 6: In the same direction you applied the blush, repeat step 4, to “diffuse and evenly distribute your sandy bronze blush, creating a subtle circle of color,” says Grayson.

Step 7: Next, define the brows using an angled, hard-bristled liner brush dipped in blonde brow powder. If you don’t have a marked arch like Gisele’s and you’d like to create one, you might try experimenting with an eyebrow kit that contains stencils.

Step 8: Outline the eyes using a pointed eyeliner brush and opaque coffee brown cream liner. To emulate Gisele’s subdued look, trace a fine across the upper lash line, staying as close to the lashes as you can manage.

Step 9: With the same pointed brush and what remains of the coffee brown liner, apply it to the bottom third of the lower lash line; for a really subtle line, you don’t need to re-dip your brush.

Step 10: Use an oval-shaped eye shadow brush to place a crescent of russet brown shadow just at the outer edge of the eyelids.

Step 11: Next, use a cotton swab to apply an iridescent, pearly powder eye shadow just above the creases of each eye; blend back and forth in soft “windshield wiper” motions, allowing the powder to subtly disperse for a soft halolike effect.

Step 12: Apply two coats of medium brown mascara.

Step 13: Fill the entire lips with a fleshy nude liner pencil.

Step 14: Use a lip brush to apply a shiny, translucent peach-tinted gloss.

Enjoy!

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How-To acheive a beautiful holiday look!

Here is a behind the scenes look at a Bluefly.com/Beauty.com photo shoot. The video features celebrity makeup artist Tina Turnbow and hair stylist to the stars Ted Gibson (recently on Oprah) giving expert advice on how to achieve beautiful holiday looks.

Enjoy!

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