LIMITED EDTION BEAUTY BOX GIVEAWAY!

I’m excited to announce that Beauty Is Boring is giving away ten beauty boxes, curated by me! Each box is filled with seven of my favorite full-sized Marc Jacobs Beauty products. CLICK HERE to enter and good luck!

Rather than talk endlessly about how great the seven products are, I thought it would be more fun to show you. The two looks below, featuring gorgeous new face Crystal Van Commenee, were created using the products from the box.

LIMITED EDTION BEAUTY BOX GIVEAWAY! DAY


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DAY LOOK: Romantic washes of violet, purple and burgandy around the eyes are perfect for Fall. Paired with a deep nude lip for day or clashing against a bright red lip for the evening, these colors look great on a surprisingly wide range of complexions. And of course, they are lovely with this season’s embellished fashions (Gucci anyone?).

For the day look, I used the pale violet shade in the Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Eyeshadow The Tease to sweep around the entire eye, then anchored the lower lash line with a smudge of the deeper burgundy color. Then I applied a single coat of Velvet Noir Mascara and brushed through the lashes with a spoolie for a defined but soft look.

To create a natural looking flush, I blended the lighter shade in the Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in Night Fever and Hot Stuff across the apples of the cheeks.

I wanted the lips to feel casual with a touch of romantic so I skipped liner and just applied the Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer in Love Drunk – a flattering deep nude with a slightly mauve undertone and a touch of golden shimmer.

As a finishing touch, I used my finger to gently tap on the Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator. I prefer to highlight the center of the face during the day and save the intense cheek bone glow for the evening.


PRODUCTS // Style Eye-Con #7 Plush Eyeshadow in The Tease, Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in Night Fever and Hot Stuff, Enamored High Shine Lip Lacquer in Love Drunk, Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator

NOTE: To see all seven products included in the Limited Edition Beauty Box Giveaway, click here!

LIMITED EDTION BEAUTY BOX GIVEAWAY! NIGHT


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NIGHT LOOK: For the night look, I took inspiration from Guy Bourdin’s 70’s fashion editorials and went straight for his favorite color combo of purple and red. Using the same Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Eyeshadow in The Tease, I applied the deep shimmering shades of purple right over our Day Look violet shadow. To add some nighttime drama, I traced around the lashline and the inner waterline with the Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer. And of course, another coat of Velvet Noir Mascara to create a heavy thick lash.

On the cheeks, I blended the two shades of Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in Night Fever and Hot Stuff together and then used them for both contour and blush – a signature Marc Jacobs Beauty technique called “draping”.

There is nothing like a perfect red lip and the Le Marc Lip Creme in Goddess is exactly that. It’s opaque enough that you don’t even need liner, unless you prefer it for extra staying power. I always apply it first with a brush to get the edges right, after that you can touch up straight from the tube.

And since nighttime makeup is generally viewed in low light settings, I like to add extra highlight to draw attention to the face. Using the Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator directly from the tube, I drew a streak down the cheekbone, the nose, the peak of the lips, the chin, etc. Then I used a gentle rolling/tapping motion with my fingers to blend.


PRODUCTS // Style Eye-Con #7 Plush Eyeshadow in The Tease, Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer, Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in Night Fever and Hot Stuff, Le Marc Lip Creme in Goddess, Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator

NOTE: To see all seven products included in the Limited Edition Beauty Box Giveaway, click here!


MODEL // Crystal Van Commenee
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Bobby Eliot

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FALL’S NUDE FACE

FALL’S NUDE FACE


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I tend to do a lot of dramatic makeup looks in the fall. The season just feels right for jewel-toned smokey eyes, deep burgundy and wines, lacquered red lips, etc. However this year I want to take a moment to acknowledge the often overlooked mid-toned nude shades. These not quite warm but definitely not cool, almost tawny, prettier than taupe, possibly inspired by the texture of suede, colors are perfect paired with an oversized cashmere sweater and mussed hair. Apply them in watercolor like washes over your features, emphasizing the eyelids, cheekbones and lips. Skip mascara but deepen your brows for an editorial touch.

MODEL // Dinara Chetyrova
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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MARC JACOBS BEAUTY X BEAUTY IS BORING, FALL 2016

MARC JACOBS BEAUTY X BEAUTY IS BORING, FALL 2016 1


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MARC JACOBS BEAUTY X BEAUTY IS BORING, FALL 2016 2


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MARC JACOBS BEAUTY X BEAUTY IS BORING, FALL 2016 3


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MARC JACOBS BEAUTY X BEAUTY IS BORING, FALL 2016 4


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The limited edition Highlander in Tabboo! and Le Marc Lip Creme in Blacquer are finally available! The glittering jet black eyeliner and satin black lipstick were inspired by Marc’s collaboration with the artist Tabboo for the Marc Jacobs F/W 2016 collection. Rather than recreate the actual runway looks (which were brilliant but quite intense), I did more of a “runway to reality” version. Black lipstick can be surprisingly wearable when paired with a nude eye or even a graphic smoky eye. The secret is to keep the rest of your face minimal and let the black lips (and/or eyes) make the statement.

Fashion by Marc Jacobs, click here to explore the F/W 2016 Collection.

MODELS // Veronika Vilim, Langley Fox
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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THE MERMAID… SOO JOO PARK

THE MERMAID… SOO JOO PARK


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Soo Joo was one of my original muses for Beauty Is Boring. She has a completely unique look, absolutely gorgeous but it’s really her sly sense of humor, intelligence and personal style that makes collaborating with her so addictive. This time we created a mermaid inspired look in honor of the final weekend of summer – Soo Joo’s idea.

Note: The pearls are from my local craft shop and I applied them using Duo Lash Glue. It’s a great (and very safe) adhesive for doing creative applications such as pearls, sequins, glitter, etc.

MODEL // Soo Joo Park
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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ORGANIC MAKEUP, LOOK #2… ADRIANNE HO

ORGANIC MAKEUP, LOOK #2… ADRIANNE HO


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I spend almost every day surrounded by cosmetics. The back of my left hand (which I tend to use as a makeup palette) wears more lipstick / cream eyeshadow / foundation / highlighter / etc in a single studio session than a whole troupe of drag queens doing a Cher tribute. And all this exposure has me wondering about exactly what we are putting on our skin – the largest organ of the human body. So as part of my ongoing experimentation with organic and natural alternatives, I collaborated with the stunning Adrianne Ho to create the above look. Adrianne is known for her passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle, as documented on her site Sweat the Style.

Note:  I just heard through the grapevine (i.e. by stalking her Insta) that Adrianne is currently filming a TV series called Sweat the City!

MODEL // Adrianne Ho
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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FRENCH NEW WAVE… NICOLE ZIMMERMANN

FRENCH NEW WAVE… NICOLE ZIMMERMANN


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This look was inspired by Beauty Is Boring’s talented, gorgeous and totally brilliant resident artist, Regina Yazdi. Regina has a thing for the French New Wave (check out her Instagram for a taste of her personal style) and in particular, an affection for Anna Karina. Anna Karina’s signature look of pale, matte blue eyeshadow paired with a black cat eye and peachy nude lips is a classic. It’s sexy without being vulgar, innocent but a bit naughty and most of all, incredibly flattering.

I didn’t want to just copy Anna’s iconic style so the above look is a more modern version. I changed out the cat eye for a simple lashline, intensified the blue shadow up to the crease and created dewy skin by layering Tom Ford Intensive Infusion Concentrate with the Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation. Rather than draw in the bottom lashes, as was the trend at that time, I used a set of interesting “crossed lash” minis from Japan. I found them at a tiny Japanese market and haven’t seen them available for purchase online yet. I will update if I find a source for them.

MODEL // Nicole Zimmermann
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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MARC JACOBS BEAUTY X BEAUTY IS BORING… VOLUMIZING GLOW

MARC JACOBS BEAUTY X BEAUTY IS BORING… VOLUMIZING GLOW


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Here is another image from our recent tutorial video collaboration with Marc Jacobs Beauty. This look features the Volumizing Glow using the new Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush in Kink and Kisses.  It’s a simple draping technique that adds youthful volume and a pretty flush to the face.  If you haven’t already seen the tutorial videos, please click here to view them.

Note:  “Draping” is a term for contouring and adding dimension to the face using blush.  It was inspired by the godfather of modern makeup, Way Bandy.

HOW TO CREATE THE VOLUMIZING GLOW:

1. Start by blending the two shades of the Kink and Kisses Air Blush palette together using an angled blush brush.

2. Then apply the Air Blush to the apples of your cheeks, blending upward and back toward your hairline.  If you want a more dramatic look, after you have finished blending, tap a tiny bit more color right in the center of the apples.

Tip:  If you are unsure about where the apples of your cheeks are, look into a mirror and smile! The rounded parts of your cheeks that become more pronounced when you smile are the “apples”.

MODEL // Samie Robinson
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Bobby Eliot

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MARC JACOBS BEAUTY X BEAUTY IS BORING… THE LIFTING GLOW

MARC JACOBS BEAUTY X BEAUTY IS BORING… THE LIFTING GLOW


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Most of you have probably already seen our recent tutorial video collaboration with Marc Jacobs Beauty but if not, please click here to view them.  The above image of Samie was shot directly after the first tutorial video and features the Lifting Glow technique, a type of draping using the new Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush.

Note: “Draping” is a term for contouring and adding dimension to the face using blush. It was inspired by the godfather of modern makeup, Way Bandy.

HOW TO CREATE THE LIFTING GLOW:

1. Start by blending the two shades of the Lines and Last Night Air Blush palette together using an angled blush brush.

2. Then, staying high on the cheekbone, sweep the blush upward toward the hairline. The Lifting Glow technique was designed to give a “lifted” look so you want to concentrate the most intense color on the high points of the face.

3. With the same mixture of the two blush shades, apply lightly along your jawline and down the sides of your neck.  Keep the color focused right under your jaw and beneath your ears, fading down the sides of your neck.

4. For a more editorial look, start at the base of your upper lashline and blend the blush up to the temple.

Tip: Use the Marc Jacobs Beauty Glowstick Spotlight on the highest points of the face to add extra dimension and lift!

MODEL // Samie Robinson
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Sheridan Ward

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STUDIO VISIT… CARLY CARDELLINO

STUDIO VISIT… CARLY CARDELLINO


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This is what happens when Carly Cardellino, the Senior Beauty Editor for Cosmopolitan.com, stops by the Beauty Is Boring studio for a casual visit…  It began with an hour of non-stop beauty talk which turned into swatching new products and then somehow evolved into a full on photo shoot.  It’s Carly’s fault for being so damn photogenic and for reminding me of 60’s actress Sharon Tate.  I always admired Sharon Tate’s signature nude lips and exaggerated lashes so this was the perfect opportunity to do an updated version.

Note:  Whenever Carly and I get together, it turns into a beauty adventure.  On her previous visit, we went on a research (i.e. shopping) tour of Japanese beauty supplies in LA’s Little Tokyo district.

Another Note:  In a twist of irony, I was completely out of my usual Japanese bottom lash strips for this shoot with Carly… the same bottom lash strips that I bought in bulk on our Little Tokyo shopping trip. Luckily I was able to simply reverse and trim a pair of the great Georgie La Cherie Faux Lashes to create the look.

MODEL // Carly Cardellino
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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URBAN DECAY X BEAUTY IS BORING, LOOK #3

URBAN DECAY X BEAUTY IS BORING, LOOK #3


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I love a quick “day to night” transformation so for our third Urban Decay look, I simply built on the electric blue liner from look #2.  I added the same Razor Sharp Longwear Liquid Eyeliner in Chaos to Rocio’s bottom lashline to create an intensely blue base.  Then I blended the bright blue sparkling eyeshadow called Vega from the new Moondust Eyeshadow Palette over the entire eye, stopping just short of the crease.  I also added extra highlight to the skin and switched the lip from a more matte finish to a sheen.  The extra highlight and shine on the lip work better with the sparkling eye plus they catch the light which is always gorgeous at night.

MODEL // Rocio Crusset
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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