Not-So-Classic Glamour… Jesi Le Rae

I rarely do vintage makeup looks (although I love how Adele Mildred, the brilliant milliner and artist, has made it her signature) however I enjoy working with classic makeup color combinations such as gold and red.  In the image above, I wanted to create a glamorous look that was modern enough to wear with jeans but could double on the red carpet with a gown.

Note: I am crazy about Jesi’s natural curls and perfect tooth gap!

MODEL // Jesi Le Rae
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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Atomic #47… Nicole Zimmermann

I’ve always liked mixing warm and cool shades. Done correctly, it creates a contrast that can be both subtle and eye-catching. It’s also a great way to transition your makeup between seasons. In the above image Nicole is wearing warm nude lips, bronzed skin and icy silver eyelids with a thick fringe of black lashes. I added faux lashes to both the upper and lower lashlines to play up her doe-eyed look.

Note: The scientific symbol for silver is Ag, it’s atomic number is 47, it has 61 neutrons and a cubic crystal structure. Hence the somewhat obscure title of this post.

Note: I didn’t list the bottom lashes in the product section because I haven’t been able to source them online. They are by a Japanese brand that doesn’t seem to sell in the US.

MODEL // Nicole Zimmerman
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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OLYMPIC FIGURE SKATER MAIA SHIBUTANI

Chances are you’ve seen Maia and her handsome brother Alex gliding across the ice but just in case you are not up to date on figure skating, the Shibutani sibs (as their fans like to refer to them) are one of the top ice dancing teams in the world. Here are just a few of their impressive accomplishments:

2016-17 Grand Prix Final Bronze Medalists
2016 World Silver Medalists
2016 U.S. Champions
2016 Four Continents Champions
2011 World Bronze Medalists

If you would like to see them perform, the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating Championships are happening January 14th – 22nd in Kansas City. Check your local listings for tv coverage or visit the official website for viewing options. The Beauty Is Boring team will be cheering for them!

Now back to beauty… Both on and off the ice, Maia always looks flawless. She has mastered the perfect black cat eye (her signature style) and occasionally pairs it with a classic red lip. She may also have the most perfect skin I have ever seen. It’s hard to believe but Maia is not wearing foundation or concealer in the above image!

For our shoot together I wanted to try something editorial and totally different from her usual style. We looked at quite a few new colors and products before deciding on these dramatic deep reds by Chanel. I am enamored with red and this almost brick version has the added allure of a subtle 90’s tribute.

Note: This marks the first time an Olympian has been on Beauty Is Boring!

Note: Maia is not only talented and gorgeous but she also showed up to the studio with Zingerman’s brownies from her home town of Ann Arbor. The entire beauty team is now addicted.

MODEL // Maia Shibutani
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Bobby Eliot

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NEW YEAR’S EVE, 2017… EMILY RUHL

Bonne année! And good riddance to you, 2016. It’s been a complicated year, one with high highs and low lows, a roller coaster of epic proportions. However rather than dwell on all the details of the past, let’s celebrate Beauty Is Boring style with two new looks for you to consider for New Year’s Eve.

First up is a look inspired by the amazing pale green wig that Bobby Eliot casually pulled out of his kit. I have always been crazy for the 2011 i-D Magazine cover featuring Stella Tennant. Her hair is a bit more blue in those images but there is that same sense of artfully faded color. In a happy coincidence, a box of Lemonhead’s Spacepaste arrived the morning of our shoot, including an aqua colored glitter called Private School which paired perfectly with the wig. I wanted the look to be more futuristic ocean punk than glam mermaid so I skipped mascara, eyeliner and just blotted a warm rose color over the lips / cheeks for a slightly deconstructed vibe.

Look two is straight up American glamour à la Jerry Hall at Studio 54. Bouncy brushed out curls, lacquered red lips, blush on the cheekbones and temples, exaggerated lashes and of course, a liberal wash of Pat McGrath’s Metalmorphosis 005 gold around the eyes. Perfect for a night spent on the dance floor (extra points if there is a disco soundtrack!) or anyplace where champagne is sure to be involved.

Note: While we were in the studio, Emily Ruhl (the stunning model in the images above) let slip that she had just finished filming a major part in a upcoming movie… keep an eye out for her debut role!

MODEL // Emily Ruhl
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Bobby Eliot for L'Oréal Professional US

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CHANEL FOR THE HOLIDAYS… VASILISA PAVLOVA

Holidays are for spending time with your family, vacationing to exotic locales or just cozying up by the fire with a great book. Time is what is really important this season so rather than spend an hour in front of the mirror applying a full face of makeup (you could be out throwing snowballs or sipping a glass of champagne while nibbling on fancy chocolate treats!), so why not opt for a look that is both chic and practical. Coco would approve!

Pair velvet skin with bare eyes and a slightly-darker-than-classic red lip for a flattering, modern look. Curl your lashes for extra oomph. It should take no longer than 10 minutes to achieve.

Note: If you are one of the lucky sorts that vacations in the tropics during the winter, then swap the velvet finish skin for a dewy glow and the satin lip for a hydrating lip shine in a similar shade.

MODEL // Vasilisa Pavlova
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Ryan Taniguchi

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YouCam Makeup x BEAUTY IS BORING

I’m excited to announce that I recently curated four of my favorite party makeup looks from the Beauty Is Boring archives and the brilliant engineers at YouCam Makeup turned them into digital versions that you can try on through their YouCam Makeup app! How cool is that!  The above image featuring Richie Hines was one of the four inspirations – a shimmering charcoal smokey eye and intense red/pink lips, perfect for a nighttime holiday bash!

Search for YouCam Makeup in your app store or click HERE to download.

MODEL // Richie Hines
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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1980’s GLAM… BREANNA BOX

Whenever Breanna drops by the studio we always wind up spending more time talking about movies, books and music (she is in the process of recording an album!) than actually doing makeup looks. However, on this day, her perfectly tousled 1980’s supermodel hair inspired me to do some cool-toned glamour. The thick brushed-up brows, matte eyeshadow and cool pink shades have an eighties vibe but rather than reference Vogue’s covers from this era (which mostly featured shiny lips), I went for a matte lipstick.

Note: This was the perfect look to try out three of Tom Ford’s new products – Lips & Boys in Anderson (matte!), Fiber Brow Gel (creates instant volume) and Waterproof Foundation and Concealer (his first full coverage formula).

MODEL // Breanna Box
MAKEUP // Robin Black

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SEPHORA X BEAUTY IS BORING, PRE-MAKEUP SKINCARE

SEPHORA X BEAUTY IS BORING, PRE-MAKEUP SKINCARE


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Pre-makeup skincare is one of those essential subjects (maybe not to world politics but definitely when it comes to beauty!) that we really don’t talk about often enough. What you put on your skin, before applying your makeup, will determine how long your makeup lasts, the texture of your base, the general undertone of your complexion, etc. And so I was excited when Sephora asked me to test out some of their latest and greatest pre-makeup skincare products.

Prior to doing Crystal’s makeup in the animated image above, I applied a makeup gripper that creates an instant glow, a milk peel gentle enough to use before heading out the door, a pale blue tinted under eye cream that de-puffs and brightens under eye circles, and a complexion perfector that hides every trace of redness.

For all the details on the unique product benefits and application techniques, click here to watch our tutorial featuring the #TrendingAtSephora pre-makeup skincare routine!

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

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MARIE ANTOINETTE… JENNIFER PUGH

It’s Halloween weekend but rather than serve up something ghoulish this year, I got inspired by a recent bedtime read.  Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World is a historical account of how eight jewels shaped the course of history written by jeweler and scientist Aja Raden.  This book is a must read for anyone who loves jewelry (hand raised!), has an interest in human desire and enjoys an entertaining historical tale. Did you know that diamond engagement rings are a myth made up by an advertising firm? Or, more to the point of this post, that the French Revolution was really started over a coveted necklace?

Aja Raden’s brilliant chapter about the French Revolution and Marie Antoinette paints a different picture than the “Let them eat cake!” character that films, fictional books, etc have presented to us. In fact, Marie Antoinette is probably the first documented victim of tabloid slander. I won’t go into details (read the book!) but Marie deserved better and so this Halloween, I’m resurrecting her legend minus the part where she is falsely accused of causing the French Revolution.

A big thank you to the brilliant team that made Marie come to life:  Hair stylist Sheridan Ward, fashion designer Oscar Olima, illustrator (and our own Artist in Residence!) Regina Yazdi and the gorgeous Jennifer Pugh.  The studio is still covered in bits of lace, flower petals, white face powder and scattered pearls!

MODEL // Jennifer Pugh (JP)
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Sheridan Ward
STYLIST // Oscar Olima

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SEPHORA X BEAUTY IS BORING, NIGHTTIME SKINCARE ROUTINE

SEPHORA X BEAUTY IS BORING, NIGHTTIME SKINCARE ROUTINE


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You are never too young or too old to start taking care of your skin. After all, your skin is your body’s largest organ and keeping it healthy should be a priority. I get to lecture all my younger friends about this because until I was in my late 30’s, I was weirdly blasé about skincare. My bathroom cabinet held some basic face wash, a lightweight moisturizer and a bottle of sunscreen that was rarely used. My skin always seemed healthy so until I noticed the emerging sunspots, fine lines and change in texture, I really didn’t think much about it. These days I take skincare seriously, in particular the treatment products that I use at night.

Having a solid nighttime routine sets up your skin to look great during the day – sans makeup or in a dramatic look. So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to test out some of the coolest new skincare products currently trending at Sephora. The above animated images were taken during our tutorial video shoot.

Click here to watch our tutorial featuring the #TrendingAtSephora nighttime skincare routine!

MODEL // Audreyana Michelle
MAKEUP // Robin Black
HAIR // Sheridan Ward

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