Flushed cheeks & red lips… Malie

Red lipstick can be dangerous, innocent, provocative, severe, romantic, elegant or just pure sex. It’s the exact shade of red and what you pair it with that gives the most passionate of colors it’s context. The look above has a touch of fairy tale romantic heroine (Grimm, not Disney) but still feels modern thanks to the tousled updo and dramatic groomed brows. This particular red lipstick is Outrage by The Lipstick Lobby. Proceeds from it’s sale benefit the ACLU so you can do good while looking great and isn’t that really what a romantic heroine should be about in this time.

MODEL // Malie
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Sheridan Ward

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Bobbi Brown x Beauty Is Boring… Party Ready!

Tis the season for non-stop events that range from office gatherings and family dinners to neighborhood bar hops and late night parties. Luckily the Bobbi Brown Holiday Collection has everything you need to navigate your nightlife with panache. While red lips are classic for the holidays, I wanted to do something a bit different so I created a glamorous party look featuring shimmering amethyst eyes. Simply switching up the lip transforms the look and makes it perfect for a wide variety of this season’s events!

STEP 1 – SKIN
To create Shae’s glowing skin, I began by smoothing out her complexion using the Skin Foundation Stick in Espresso. I blended Pot Rouge in Chocolate Cherry onto the apples of her cheeks to add a subtle flush (I added more in the look with the dramatic lip color for balance), then dusted her face very lightly with Sheer Finish Pressed Powder in Warm Chestnut. As a finishing touch, I applied Highlighting Powder in Moon Glow to the high points of her face, neck and collarbones.

STEP 2 – EYES
Although the eyes look dramatic, this is actually a very simple style to create. I started by blending the deep burgundy shade from the Caviar & Rubies Eye Shadow Palette from Shae’s lashline to just above her crease. I continued it around the outer corners and under her eyes, stopping short of the inner corners. Once I had the shape correct, I applied a coat of the Luxe Eye Shadow Rich Metal in High Octane (a gorgeous deep metallic amethyst) directly on top and blended it over the edges to just under the brow. To create a shimmering ombre effect, I added another layer to the inner half of the eyes. For some extra va va voom, I used Gel Eyeliner in Pitch Black in Shae’s waterline (all the way around the eye) and finished with two coats of Lash Drama Mascara.

STEP 3 – BROWS
With so much excitement happening around the eyes, it’s best to balance with groomed but natural looking brows. I filled in lightly with the Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil and then swept on the Waterproof Brow Shaper to define the hairs.

STEP 4 – LIPS
In the first look, I wanted Shae’s gorgeous natural lip color to shine through so I applied a light coat of Crystal Lip Gloss. This is a great option for parties and events where you will be eating since it’s super easy to touch up!

For the second look, I wanted to bring the drama so I applied several coats of Luxe Lip Color in Your Majesty. For longer lasting color, I paint on the first coat, blot until it’s matte, then paint on a second coat. And while it’s fine to apply directly out of the tube, I prefer to use a brush for super precise lines.

Note: The holiday palettes make such cute gifts, I have already snapped up a few!

MODEL // Shae Butters
HAIR // Sheridan Ward
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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Serge Lutens… Malie

If you are passionate about makeup or fragrance, then the name Serge Lutens should be familiar to you. Serge is a legendary makeup artist, perfumer, photographer, creative director, designer and all around creative genius. Starting at French Vogue in the early 60’s as a makeup artist, he went on to develop Dior’s makeup line as well as their branding and images. In 1980, he moved to Shiseido where he designed makeup, packaging, and photographed award winning advertisements. While at Shisedo, Serge was commissioned to create two fragrances, Nombre Noir and the iconic Féminité du Bois. He then launched one of the most beautiful boutiques in all of Paris, Les Salons du Palais Royal, as a luxury perfume house for his own scents.

His exclusive makeup line is very much a companion to his fragrances. The formulas are unique, the pigment is incredible and the colors are exquisite. For the above look, I took cues from his precise graphic shapes but softened it up to create “wearable drama”.

Note: To read about Serge Lutens in more detail, click here. Also worth a Google, his amazing makeup books!

Note: Click here to read about my visit to the gorgeous Palais Royal boutique with lovely illustrations by Regina Yazdi, part of our beauty shopping in Paris guide!

MODEL // Malie
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Sheridan Ward

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CHANEL LIBRE… Christina Nadin

One of my favorite about the Fall/Winter season is all the gorgeous color collections that arrive at the studio and of course, the lovely models that spend their afternoons testing them with me!

This was my first time working with Christina Nadin but she may have the best skin I have ever seen, it looks retouched in real life!  Christina’s coloring makes her a perfect canvas for a wide variety of colors but first up, the Chanel Libre Limited Edition Collection. The heart of the collection is four red lipsticks, each in a completely irresistible red-lacquered click case!  The covetable packaging inspired me to create a red lacquered lip but to keep it feeling modern, I added a smudge of red lip liner around her eyes and two coats of the Le Volume de Chanel Mascara in Character (a desaturated plummy red shade, rather difficult to describe).

MODEL // Christina Nadin
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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Bride of Frankenstein… Halloween 2017

It’s almost that time… the un-official holiday of makeup artists everywhere, Halloween! To create this year’s look, I teamed up with brilliant hairstylist Sheridan Ward and super talented fashion designer Oscar Olima. We were inspired by the 1935 film Bride of FrankensteinElsa Lanchester’s “bride” is an iconic look and we wanted to pay tribute to that. Of course, we couldn’t resist adding a few of our own touches –  I kept the classic angled brows but changed up the eyes and lip shape. Sheridan gave the updo a more editorial vibe and added an extra stripe of white to the front. Oscar created the dress and satin ribbon gloves based on the original shapes but added a lovely panel and a more modern drape.

Note: Bride of Frankenstein was actually a sequel to the 1931 hit Frankenstein and the story was based on the subplot from the original novel by Mary Shelley. She wrote Frankenstein in 1818,at a time when female gothic novelists were probably quite rare.

MODEL // Jade Isobel May-Lou
HAIR // Sheridan Ward
MAKEUP // Robin Black
COSTUME // Oscar Olima

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Bobbi Brown x Beauty Is Boring… Fall 2017!

So excited for another Bobbi Brown collaboration! This time I got to play with their iconic Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner (a staple in the Beauty Is Boring studio) and the brand’s new Crushed Lip Color.

Black liner and berry lipstick are a classic look for Fall but classic doesn’t have to mean basic. A thick, graphic cat eye with pointed inner corners looks modern and fresh when paired with a juicy, deep lip color. The Crushed Lip Color has a really cool texture, it feels exactly like a lip balm but has a surprisingly intense color payoff – perfect for keeping your lips moisturized as the seasons change.

Note:  I applied the Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink using the Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush. I find it much easier to create dramatic shapes using gel and a brush than with a liquid liner. For those of you who are a bit intimidated by gel liner, try it and I think you will be surprised by how easy it is!

MODEL // Shae Butters
HAIR // Sheridan Ward
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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FENTY BEAUTY… Kloey

I generally don’t get excited when celebrities launch beauty brands because most of the time it results in poor product quality with the sales being driven purely by hype. However, in the past month, Fenty Beauty (Rihanna’s new brand) and Victoria Beckham’s latest collection for Estée Lauder have launched with genuinely great products.  I’ve already started to play with VB’s latest, click here to see the post, but the above look is my first with Fenty.

Kendo (Marc Jacobs Beauty, Kat Von D and Bite) is the team behind Fenty Beauty with Rihanna heavily involved in the product development.  The results are a foundation line of 40 gorgeous shades plus shimmery, metallic fun in the form of multi-use sticks, contour, highlight, translucent powder and a single shade of lip gloss. You have to admire the confidence of only launching a single shade of lip gloss and insisting it will look amazing on everyone… so far, I’ve tested it on five friends (all with different complexions) plus Kloey (stunning model above) and it really has looked amazing!

I can’t resist multi use sticks so this look was created using the Fenty Match Stixs (see below for shades) and Gloss Bomb. I did cheat a tiny bit and fill in Kloey’s lips with MAC’s Lip Pencil in Spice (the classic) to give the gloss a slightly more opaque feel on camera.

MODEL // Kloey
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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CREATIVE things to do with liquid lipstick, part two.. Meng Meng

A few more suggestions for off label uses of your favorite liquid lipstick…

*Click HERE to see my first post of suggestions for creative liquid lipstick use.

1: Why stop with a single polka dot? Cover your entire face with liquid lipstick dots and channel Yayoi Kusama!

2: Create colorful brows that match your lips! Simply dip a disposable mascara wand into your liquid lipstick and brush it through your brows until the hairs are coated. If you have any gaps, fill them in using an angled brow brush with a tiny bit of the liquid lipstick.

3: Do you have blonde/platinum/white hair? If so, massage your favorite shade of liquid lipstick into a few sections and let sit for an hour before washing it out. You will be left with a temporary pastel stain, similar to back in the day when kids used Kool Aid to tint their hair. The higher quality and density of the liquid lipstick, the more powerful the stain. This also works on bleached brows.

Note: I used the new NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in the image above.  It’s ideal for the more creative uses listed above and also for creating a perfectly lovely matte lip. 🙂

MODEL // Meng Meng
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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Victoria Beckham Autumn/Winter 2017… Maja Elmstrom

I have always loved the dramatic cat eyes of the 1960’s, worn by iconic beauties like Sophia Lauren and Brigitte Bardot. My favorite part of the look is how the edges of the liner tended to be a bit smudged and slightly soft. So when the stunning Maja and Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Autumn/Winter 2017 Collection (which happens to include a gorgeous kajal eye pencil!) arrived at the studio on the same day, I knew it was kismet.

I only used two products to create the cat eye, the #VBxEstéeLauder Eye Kajal in Black Saffron/Vanille and the Eye Ink Mascara. I drew the shape around Maja’s eye with the kajal pencil, then used the edge of my finger to smooth and drag the edges. Simple, quick and I actually like it when the kajal melts a little bit and starts to run. It has a cool lived-in, sexy, up all night at a rock concert vibe.

MODEL // Maja Elmstrom
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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Vert Profond… Bryana Holly

When the new Chanel Vert Profond Inimitable Mascara (a deep, slightly desaturated green) arrived at the studio, I just couldn’t wait to play with it! I have an affection for colorful mascara, perhaps because I was a kid in the 80’s – the decade of electric blue lashes. However this particular shade is definitely not an 80’s bright, it’s elegant, surprisingly subtle and I imagine it would be an excellent (and unexpected!) substitute for those who prefer brown mascara. I paired it with a slightly brighter green smoky eye, nude lips and red nails… to be fair, Bryana showed up with the red nails so that was a happy accident.

Note: Those are Bryana’s amazing, super long, real lashes!

MODEL // Bryana Holly
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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