My dear friend and amazing Make-Up Artist, Rachel Rose offered up her time and expertise to write a little guest post on how to get one of her current favorite looks for the Spring. She is the beauty editor over at ELIZA Magazine, works for Make Up For Ever, and is a great friend to have around when you are feeling ugly... two seconds in her bathroom and your better then ever! Anyways, enjoy her post while I take the day off and enjoy some homemade spaghetti courtesy of my favorite guy!
Michael Kors had one of my favorite beauty looks on his Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear runway. The hair is tousled and non-fussy with that orbit of fuzz that just screams casual luxury. There are a few designers who have a hair and make-up aesthetic that just hit it out of the park regularly, Kors is definitely one of them. The make-up on his Spring 2011 RTW runway is both wearable and fresh. It’s a great look to start the transition from winter to spring.
Start with a sheer base such as Make Up For Ever Face & Body Liquid Make Up ($38) and apply with your fingers focusing on the areas of the face that might require a little extra lovin’. The great thing about this foundation is that it sets itself and doesn’t require powder... oh yeah, and it’s also sweat-resistant, waterproof and consists of 80% rosewater, so it’s gel texture really wakes up the skin. Apply concealer as usual over the foundation and set with a bit of translucent powder if you need a bit more coverage.
The key ingredient in this look is the coral blush, I am a huge fan of Benefit Cosmetic’s Coralista powder ($28), it’s a bright coral that has exceptional buildability and a teeny-tiny hint of sheen to give the apples of the cheeks a healthy pop. Bright blushes tend to incite fear in a lot of women, but I am telling you, fear not- they are super awesome and give a beautiful (and most times natural) glow. It’s always better (and easier) to build up to your desired color than to try to tone down a very saturated product. So, dip your brush lightly, tap off the excess powder and then build your color, one stroke at a time- be sure to check it out in natural light too. Smile big and start applying the color at the apples of your cheeks and then move toward the side of the face.
The eyes are simple and rich. Using a brown instead of black creates a soft, dramatic and fresh look. Opt out of the black liner and go with a glowy cool brown cream shadow such as Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream #15 ($22) followed by a rich brown liner such as Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencil in Bourbon ($17). Apply the cream shadow with your finger, gently dabbing on the eyelid and blending out, keep it lightweight here- a little goes a long way. Blend until the desired shape and shade intensity is achieved. After the cream shadow is applied, gently line and smudge the liner on the top and bottom of the eye avoiding the inner corner tear duct area. After the shadow and liner are placed, use a sheer luminizer such as Yves St. Laurent Touche D’Or in the inner corners of the eyes and above the cupid’s bow of the lip to add a radiance to the look. Finish the look with a quick sweep of your favorite mascara- I love Maybelline Falsies ($5).
The lips in this look are an interesting combination of bright and mute, opt for a less glossy tinted balm such as Korres Pomegranate Lip Butter, the color is sheer and the product will keep your lips hydrated and soft all day. This stuff is paraben-free, sulfate-free and infused with shea butter. Simply dab on with your finger, throw in your bag and go!