BFF’s… Julie Schott & Carly Cardellino

If you work in the beauty industry (or are passionate about beauty), then you should recognize these two gorgeous faces. Carly Cardellino is the Beauty Director of Cosmopolitan.com and Julie Schott was previously the Beauty Director at Elle but now works for numerous publications. They both have popular Instagram accounts that document their beauty/fashion/lifestyle adventures and often feature them together. In real life (I feel like we need to separate that from social media life), these two are close friends and having them over together for a studio visit was a blast!

We decided to use the exact same products and do the same look on both of them, with a few little tweaks to suit their individual features. Best friends in matching makeup, what could be better! With the spring weather warming up, I was inspired to create a minimal look focused on glowing skin with a wash of peachy, rose gold shades. To be fair, these two already have amazing skin. Poreless, smooth, unfairly perfect skin that already has a natural glow so I can’t really take much credit!

Note: I didn’t list the blush or the mascara in the products below because they are top secret formulas that I am working on! Carly and Julie were nice enough to be my test subjects.

Note: I shot Carly for Beauty Is Boring in 2016, click here to check out her look and her bangs!

MODEL // Julie Schott
MODEL // Carly Cardellino
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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Glam Rock… Alex Boldea

This look was a total accident… Alex mentioned that she was headed to a club after our evening beauty shoot so I offered to do her makeup. We were talking about long nights spent on the dancefloor and then suddenly Bowie popped up on my playlist. The makeup translation of David Bowie and late night dance clubs is obviously glam rock purple, fuchsia, icy pink and of course, a heavy dose of glitter. I loved the final look so much that I got out my camera and snapped it!

Note: I applied the blush in a classic 70’s disco pattern (a swooping “C” shape from the cheekbones up to the temples) and then patted the Lemonhead Spacejam Luxe in Lady Mercury over it. If you haven’t tried Lemonhead’s glitter pastes, I highly recommend them! They don’t fall out like regular glitter and stay in place for hours. Plus you can use them sheer or build up to an opaque glitter finish.

MODEL // Alex Boldea
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Blush… Chloe Blanchard

Anytime a product comes out that claims to be both lip and cheek color in one, I feel compelled to try it. Perhaps it’s because in the 80’s I would watch my mom apply her lipstick, then lightly touch her finger to the bullet and tap it on her cheeks. To this day, I am fascinated by perfectly matching lips and cheeks (and nails if you can make all three happen!). So when I opened up the latest package from Chanel and found their new Rouge Coco Lip Blush inside, I was understandably thrilled.

The Lip Blush is exactly what it’s name implies, a dual purpose product that can be used on both the lips and cheeks. On the lips, a single stroke produces a stained effect but it can be layered for a more opaque finish. In the look on Chloe above, I actually layered it over their bright fuschia lip liner for a stronger pop of pink. Used on the cheeks it’s a gorgeous sheer wash of color!

Note: Chloe’s skin is so flawless that I actually skipped foundation and just used the Sisley Paris Instant Eclat, an illuminating primer.

MODEL // Chloe Blanchard
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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Urban Decay x Beauty Is Boring… Backtalk with Iggy

This is the final look of our Urban Decay Backtalk Vice Lipstick collaboration! I hope you enjoyed this series!

There is nothing quite like a smokey eye and nude lip. Iggy naturally has a sultry vibe that lends itself to this sexy, modern look. I mixed two shades from the Naked Palette (Creep and Gunmetal) to get this metallic charcoal eye. Then I added black liner around her waterline (top and bottom) and finished with several coats of mascara. On her lips, I used the same Vice Lipstick in Backtalk as in the previous three looks but I tapped a tiny amount of clear gloss on top – not enough to make it glossy lip but rather just a bit to add a sheen. This is the kind of look that is even better after a night of dancing!

MODEL // Ignacia Walton
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Michael Duenas

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Urban Decay x Beauty Is Boring… Backtalk with Lisa-Marie

Day three of the four Urban Decay looks I will be posting this week!

One of the things I love about showing the same lipstick shade on four totally different complexions is that you get to see how it shifts based on lip color and skin tone. Vice Lipstick in Backtalk is definitely opaque but still looks totally different on each of our four models. On the gorgeous Lisa-Marie, the cool undertone really pops and gives it almost a 60’s vibe. I was tempted to do a classic 60’s eye look but couldn’t resist playing up her amazing almond eye shape with black inner rim liner and a thick fringe of lashes. The eyeshadow is from the classic Naked Palette and I used one shade all around the eye for a subtle, shimmering look.

Note: During our shoot, Lisa-Marie gave me a preview of her upcoming music… mind blown! She is so talented! She is also incredibly humble and shy about it so I was honored I got to listen.  Follow her on Instagram to keep up with her modeling and hopefully get a music sample in the near future!

Stay tuned for our final Urban Decay look, going live tomorrow evening!

MODEL // Lisa-Marie
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Michael Duenas

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Urban Decay x Beauty Is Boring… Backtalk with Askyla

Day two of the four Urban Decay looks I will be posting this week!

I am crazy about Askyla’s blazing orange-red hair, bone structure and freckles so I was thrilled to have her for this collaboration. Her coloring is so lovely that I wanted to play it up without the makeup becoming overwhelming. A subtle wash of rose gold on her eyelids and cheeks looks almost monochromatic paired with the Vice Lipstick in Backtalk. The eyelids are a mixture of the pale rose and gold shades in the classic Naked Eyeshadow Palette. I blended the color from her lashline to her brows and then smudged a bit under her eye. To create an extra soft look, I went over the edges of the eye shadow with a clean fluff brush using circular motions to blend.

Stay tuned for two more Urban Decay looks!

Note: I consider covering freckles to be a beauty crime so I skipped foundation and used the Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid in Aura instead.

MODEL // Askyla
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Michael Duenas

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Urban Decay x Beauty Is Boring… Backtalk with Alexis

Welcome to day one of the four Urban Decay looks I will be posting this week! For this collaboration, they asked me to feature Vice Lipstick in Backtalk and the beloved Naked Eyeshadow Palette on four different models. Rather than use the same eyeshadow shades or makeup style, I gave each model a unique look that fit their features and personality.

First up is the absolutely stunning Alexis Jaye Sundman. Alexis is a new face but expect to see her everywhere in the coming year because she is going to be huge! I wanted to play up her lovely wide set eyes and glowing skin so I used the mid toned bronze shades in the Naked PaletteBacktalk is a pinkish/mauve cool toned nude with a creamy semi-matte texture that looks good on almost everyone. I skipped the lip liner to show off the lipstick color in it’s unadulterated state. For added drama, I used a set of false lashes with several coats of mascara on her top lashes only. And to keep it balanced, I simply groomed Alex’s brows upward with transparent brow gel.

Stay tuned for three more Urban Decay looks!

MODEL // Alexis Jaye Sundman
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Michael Duenas

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Sophisticated in Fenty Pink… Alex Boldea

This ever so slightly 1980’s inspired pink look seemed like the perfect time to dig into the latest Fenty Mattemoiselle Plus Matte Lipstick collection. Alex and I both fell in love with Candy Venom, the shade in the above image. It’s a cool toned electric pink with just enough depth to keep it wearable. In fact, Alex loved it so much (and she is not really a huge fan of pink) that she took it home.

Note: I used the NARS Blush in Desire on Alex’s cheeks and in the crease of her eyelids. To keep her eyelids even and help the blush blend more smoothly, I tapped on a small amount of the NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base.

MODEL // Alex Boldea
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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Lavender & Magenta… Chloe Blanchard

I am re-discovering lavender. It’s been a while since the color held much interest for me but after seeing it coming down recent runways in silks, cashmere and tulle, it’s suddenly intriguing again. Tom Ford’s new Extreme collection (which I just got my hands on a few days ago!) includes several sparking lavender/violet/purple hues as well as a magenta Lash and Brow Tint. I couldn’t resist using them together to create a sort of futuristic monochromatic eye.

With so much excitement around her eyes, I kept the rest of Chloe’s face glowing and minimal for balance. A sheer nude lip, high sheen skin with a subtle touch of cream contour and a well blended pop of color on her cheeks to finish the look. Chloe has some of the most flawless (and perfectly freckled!) skin I have ever seen so I mixed my favorite Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation into a tiny bit of Sisley Paris Black Rose Skin Infusion Cream to create a very sheer tint.

MODEL // Chloe Blanchard
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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Tom Ford SS18… Alex Boldea

The new Tom Ford SS18 collection just arrived (very conveniently on the day Alex was joining me in the studio) and although it’s just three pieces, it’s absolutely striking! The Extreme Shadow SS18 is a sparkling charcoal black which looks great worn alone but is even more exciting when topped with the SS18 Eye Gloss. The SS18 Eye Gloss definitely gives a longer wear time (30-45 minutes before serious creasing starts) to a glossy eyelid than actual lip gloss, which I used in my pervious post to create the oil slick eyes. And of course, if you don’t mind a messy smoky eye (I don’t!), it’s worth experimenting with it for an evening out on the town.

The Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate is one of those products that has had a place in my kit since it was first released years ago.  It’s the quickest way to a super glam highlight and contour. I used it along with a tiny pop of Shade and Illuminate Cheeks in Scintillate. The lips are a mixture of Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Naked and Peach Absolute.

Note: Alex and I got really inspired and followed this look with two more… stay tuned!

MODEL // Alex Boldea
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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