THE PINK LIP… RAVEN LYN

Raven Lyn for Beauty Is Boring by Robin Black.
THE PINK LIP… RAVEN LYN


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I struggle with pink.  I theoretically embrace it because after all, it’s one of the primary make up colors and the favorite of many women.  I should like pink, possibly even love it but even as a little girl, I refused pink clothing, pink toys, pink anything.  However the above look with Raven might just change my mind.  Paired with a dramatic cat eye, bronzer and a subtle wash of rose gold on the eyelids, bright pink lips suddenly looks cool.

Note: Raven has a really cool way of maintaining her perfect curls, stay tuned for a tutorial from her!


PRODUCTS // Magic Marc’er Blacquer Precision Pen Liquid Eyeliner, NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Hammamet, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown, Urban Decay Brow Tamer in Clear, Gucci Moisture-Rich Lipstick in Begonia, Guerlain Terracotta 2016 Original Bronzing Powder, Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Spotlight, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

MODEL // Raven Lyn
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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JENNY & ELLA, Look #2

Jenny Brunt and Ella Flood for Beauty Is Boring by Robin Black.
JENNY BRUNT, LOOK #2


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Jenny Brunt and Ella Flood for Beauty Is Boring by Robin Black.
ELLA FLOOD, LOOK #2


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While Jenny and Ella are both gorgeous with natural makeup (or no makeup for that matter!), I thought we would have some fun with one of my all time favorite red lipstick shades (Rouge Dior 999).  To create Ella’s exaggerated bottom lash look, I used the under eye lash strips that I discovered on a recent beauty adventure to Make Asobi in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

For more information about this inspiring mother/daughter duo, please view our previous post (Jenny & Ella, Look #1).

Note: To see Jenny’s early work as well as her current portfolio on Iconic Focus, click here. Ella is not just a pretty new face, she is also a very talented artist.  You can see some of her work by clicking here to visit her Instagram account.


PRODUCTS // Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Bette, Sisley Paris Mascara So Intense, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel in Clear, Dior Contour Lipliner Pencil in 999, Rouge Dior Couture Colour Lipstick in 999, Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate in Intensity 2, Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation

MODEL // Jenny Brunt, Ella Flood
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Homa Safar, Oribe

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JENNY & ELLA, Look #1

Jenny Brunt and Ella Flood for Beauty Is Boring by Robin Black.
Jenny and Ella Look 1


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The first time I saw Jenny Brunt was on the cover of Allure with Kate Moss in the 90’s. Her signature shaggy pixie cut and striking blue eyes landed her two Allure covers as well as covers for Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Marie Clare and many more. She was also known for her beauty campaigns including L’oreal, Revlon and Clairol.

More than two decades later, we met on a photo shoot in Los Angeles.  I was immediately enthralled with Jenny’s brilliant sense of humor, amazingly fit physique and incredible face.  I have been plotting ever since to get her in front of my camera so I was thrilled when she reached out to let me know that she was returning to the modeling world and as a bonus, was bringing along her gorgeous daughter, Ella Flood.

Stay tuned for Look #2 tomorrow!

Note: To see Jenny’s early work as well as her current portfolio on Iconic Focus, click here. Ella is not just a pretty new face, she is also a very talented artist.  You can see some of her work by clicking here to visit her Instagram account.


PRODUCTS // Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Bette, Sisley Paris Mascara So Intense, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel in Clear, Sisley Paris Photo-Lip Twist in Litchi, Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour Stick in Blush N20, Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Based, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage

MODEL // Jenny Brunt, Ella Flood
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Homa Safar, Oribe

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Spring’s Smokey Eye… Adrianne Ho

Adrianne Ho for Beauty Is Boring by Robin Black.
Spring’s Smokey Eye… Adrianne Ho


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It’s always a pleasure to have natural beauty Adrianne Ho, model and founder of Sweat The Style, in the studio!  Inspired by Adrianne’s organic take on beauty, we did several looks that will be rolling out over the next month.  To start, I created this sophisticated Spring alternative to the classic smokey eye.   The burnished khaki cream eye shadow (one of my favorites from Tom Ford and yes, I know that it’s not an organic product but it’s so gorgeous!) is sultry enough for night but also works for a daytime look.  I paired it with all natural skin products and focused on creating healthy, glowing skin.


PRODUCTS // Tom Ford Creme Color for Eyes in Burnished Copper, Tom Ford Extreme Mascara, Marc Jacobs Beauty Brow Tamer Grooming Gel, RMS buriti bronzer, Tom Ford Moisturecore Lip Color in Mystique, RMS beauty oil, RMS “un” Cover-Up, RMS living luminizer

MODEL // Adrianne Ho
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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NARS UNDERCOVER… Kate Harrison

Kate Harrison in the new NARS Undercover Collection for Beauty Is Boring by Robin Black.
NARS UNDERCOVER… Kate Harrison


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NARS just released “Undercover”, their Summer 2016 Collection and per usual, there are a bunch of gorgeous shades. However, since it’s still technically spring, I decided to do a romantic look with a touch of 90’s grunge as a way to transition the seasons. These shimmering pink and bronzed rose shades add warmth to the complexion plus they are flattering on a wide range of skin tones. The secret to making these colors more “cool” and less “pretty” is to keep the application a bit raw and messy, not too perfect.

Rather than use eyeshadow, I created this look by doing a wet application of the NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Liberation. Start by patting a small amount of NARS Eye Lid Primer in Translucent on dry eyelids. Allow it to set for a minute. Dampen a brush and swirl it across the Dual Intensity Blush in Liberation. The powder should be almost completely wet so you may need to spritz one edge of the blush to get the right texture. Blend the lighter pink rose shade on the inner half of the eyelids and under the eye. Then blend the deeper bronze rose shade on the outer half of the lids and under the eye. Apply the deeper shade in the crease and blend upward, stopping just short of the brow. Add a touch of the NARS Eye Liner in White to the bottom waterline to keep the eyes looking bright. Finish it with two coats of NARS Audacious mascara on the top lashes and one on the bottom.


PRODUCTS // NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Liberation, NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Santa Monica, NARS Audacious Mascara in Black Satin, NARS Brow Gel in Oural, NARS Lip Gloss in Vida Loca, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

MODEL // Kate Harrison
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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BUTTERFLY… Devan Nykole Mayfield

Devan Nykole Mayfield for Beauty Is Boring by Robin Black.
BUTTERFLY… Devan Nykole Mayfield


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I have a thing for orange lipstick. It’s shockingly beautiful on a wide range of skintones and much easier to wear than people tend to think. From pale sherbet and neon tangerine to sophisticated sunset and intense flame, there is most likely a shade of orange that is flattering on you. The look above features Chanel’s new Rouge Coco Stylo in 204 Article, a beautiful sheer orangey red that I layered over their Le Crayon Levres in 56 Orange Intense for an extra kick of color.

Note: The butterfly is a temporary tattoo by Hartland Brooklyn. All their temporary tattoos are made from vegetable ink which safe for sensitive skin. Quick tip… to remove temporary tattoos from your face, saturate a cotton pad in oil (cleansing oil, your favorite moisturizing oil or in a pinch, olive oil from the kitchen) and press it over the tattoo for a few minutes. Once it’s saturated, you can gently rub it right off without irritating your skin.


PRODUCTS // Sisley Paris Mascara So Intense in 1 Deep Black, Anastasia Brow Wiz in Caramel, Anastasia Brow Primer, Chanel Le Crayon Levres in 56 Orange Intense, Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo in 204 Article, Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 515 Tangerine, Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Tom Ford Skin Illuminator in Fire Lust

MODEL // Devan Nykole Mayfield
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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The Architectural Eye… Dinara Chetyrova

Dinara Chetyrova in a look inspired by Zaha Hadid for Beauty Is Boring by Robin Black.
The Architectural Eye… Dinara Chetyrova


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In late March, acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid passed away. She was an incredibly accomplished, intelligent and creative person who thrilled millions of people with her highly expressive, neo-futuristic designs. The graceful twisting and sweeping fluid forms that so often marked her work inspired this simple swoosh of liner. Paired with strong brows, nude lips and a wash of bronzed peachy pink, it’s a look both striking and subtle.

Note: If you are not already familiar with Dame Zaha Hadid’s work, she is definitely worth a Google. Click HERE to visit the page of her architecture firm, HERE to see her design work or HERE to visit her Wikipedia page.


PRODUCTS // Sisley Paris So Intense Eyeliner in Carbon Black, Sisley Paris Mascara So Intense, NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel in Clear, Tom Ford Soleil Contouring Compact in The Afternooner, Tom Ford Lip Color in Blush Nude, Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation

MODEL // Dinara Chetyrova
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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MARC JACOBS BEAUTY x BEAUTY IS BORING, LOOK #3

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Beauty Is Boring featuring Velvet Noir.
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY x BEAUTY IS BORING, LOOK #3


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To really get a sense for what this mascara can do, I decided to do a classic French look for the third look – a nude eye, groomed brows and a red lip.  However, rather than the usual natural lash style that goes with this look, I applied two coats of the Velvet Noir to create dramatic lashes.  Yes, there are only two coats used in the image above and no faux lashes!

Final thoughts… Velvet Noir is perfect for the woman who craves dramatic lashes. It doesn’t smudge, smear, crumble or flake and it’s surprisingly buildable.

Note: Click HERE to listen to Marc talk about his inspiration for the Velvet Noir mascara and watch Winona Ryder star in the 2016 Marc Jacobs Beauty campaign.


PRODUCTS // Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Brow Wow Defining Longer Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brown, Marc Jacobs Beauty Brow Tamer Grooming Gel, Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in Goddess, Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Spotlight, Shameless Bold Blush in Provocative, Undercover Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, Genius Gel Super Charged Foundation, Remedy Concealer Pen

MODEL // Gabriela Bloomgarden
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Bobby Eliot

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MARC JACOBS BEAUTY x BEAUTY IS BORING, LOOK #2

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Beauty Is Boring featuring Velvet Noir.
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY x BEAUTY IS BORING, LOOK #2


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For the second look in this series, I used the incredible Marc Marc’er Precision Pen in Cocoa to create a graphic version of a cat eye and paired it with brushed up brows, pink cheeks and matching pink lips.  It’s a bit of a girly look so I added an additional coat of the Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara to create deliberately clumpy lashes for a dash of cool.


PRODUCTS // Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Marc Marc’er Cocoa Precision Pen Liquid Eyeliner, Brow Wow Defining Longer Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brown, Marc Jacobs Beauty Brow Tamer Grooming Gel, Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick in Jolly Molly, Marc Jacobs Glow Stick Spotlight, Shameless Bold Blush in Promiscuous, Undercover Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, Re(marc)able Foundation, Re(marc)able Full Cover Concealer

MODEL // Gabriela Bloomgarden
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Bobby Eliot

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MARC JACOBS BEAUTY x BEAUTY IS BORING, LOOK #1

Marc Jacobs Beauty x Beauty Is Boring featuring Velvet Noir.
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY x BEAUTY IS BORING, LOOK #1


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“Inspired by Marc’s mother – who used to shave fibers from black velvet ribbon and apply them to her lashes in between coats of mascara for a dramatic effect.”
– MarcJacobsBeauty.com

With a back story like that, who wouldn’t want to try the new Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara! So I was thrilled when Marc Jacobs Beauty gave me the opportunity to create several looks featuring this extreme thickening, defining and lengthening mascara.

I decided to start with an intense editorial look so I created a bronze smoky eye and then went crazy with the Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara wand. I applied three coats of mascara and then pressed the wand through the lashes onto her skin to build an intense texture. It’s meant to be messy, modern, and yes, I probably do have too much fun in the studio.


PRODUCTS // Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Highlander Gel Crayon Blacquer, Style Eye-Con No. 7 in The Starlet, Brow Wow Defining Longer Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brown, Marc Jacobs Beauty Brow Tamer Grooming Gel, (P)outliner in (Nude)ist, New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel in Anais, #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder in Mirage, Undercover Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, Marvelous Mousse Transformative Foundation, Re(marc)able Full Cover Concealer, Perfection Powder Featherweight Finish

MODEL // Gabriela Bloomgarden
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Bobby Eliot

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