Tom Ford Italian Cypress

Tom Ford has launched Italian Cypress, the latest addition to the Private Blend collection:

A distinctive fragrance that blends tradition and innovation. Notes of vibrant Citrus, verdant Basil and Mint meld with radiant woods and resins before the refined Cypress heart ignites to reveal an earthy warmth. An aromatic botanic-rich fusion designed for the contemporary fragrance connoisseur.

Tom Ford Italian Cypress can be found now at Neiman Marcus, in 50 ($180) or 250 ($450) ml Eau de Parfum.

Marc Jacobs Lemon Splash

Marc Jacobs has launched Lemon Splash, the latest in the brand's limited edition Splash collection:

MARC JACOBS Lemon captures a slice of summer with the fresh, bright scent of sun-drenched citrus. Deliciously vibrant and sophisticated, lemon revitalizes the senses with its crispness and vitality. Fragrant, light and refreshing—a burst of sparkling sunshine comprised of the finest, most elegant ingredients.

At the heart of the fragrance is iced Italian lemon orpur, the purest form of oil hand-pressed from fragrant Italian lemons. This crisp citrus note mingles with mandarin and honeysuckle to create a sweet radiance. Cotton musk, white vetiver and spring-water amber round out the balance of notes with smooth sensuality.

Marc Jacobs Lemon Splash is available now at Nordstrom in 300 ml ($68); Rain Splash and Cucumber Splash have also been relaunched.

M.A.C. Style Warriors Pt. II

MAC Cosmetics Style Warriors

Launch Date: May 28th, 2009 (North America), June 2009 (International).

Emerging from every corner of the glamorous
globe, a new Style Warrior. Made to celebrate the cross-cultural sophistication
of the modern Amazon Princess, African Queen, Crouching Tigress… Never before
have we seen the “Wild Things” of the world come together in quite so many bold
new combinations. Introducing a dramatically different and deliberately diverse
colour story, an eclectic and expressive way to exalt and admire the strength
and solidarity of beauty with no barriers. A selection of all-over summer
bronzing shades for Lips, Cheeks, Eyes, Nails, featuring the innovation of
Impassioned, Bronzescape and Scatterrays Solar Bits – sunbursts to unleash the
animal in every woman. All exotically packaged in stylized zebra and leopard
prints to keep it wild and free – the way it always ought to be.

Lipstick ($14.00)
Sunsational Sheer frosted beige gold
Brave New Bronze Creamy mid-tone pink nude
Purple Rite Mid-tone frosty orchid
Tribalist Creamy blackened berry

Lipglass ($14.00)
Liberated Sheer yellow gold with pearl
Gold Rebel Sheer copper bronze with pearl
Fierce & Fabulous Bright magenta purple with pearl
Style Warrior Blackened bronze brown with pearl

Eyeshadow ($14.50)
Soft Force Frosty pale white gold
Bright Future Frosty bright yellow gold
Tempting Sinfully rich coco
Vibrant Grape Bright magenta purple
Night Maneuvers Deep charcoal brown with pearl

Eye Kohl ($14.50)
Smolder Intense black

Pro Lash Mascara ($12.00)
Coal Black Honest-to-goodness black

Beauty Powder Blush ($18.00)
Eversun Neutral peach bronze with gold pearl
On A Mission Pearly mid-tone plum

Solar Bits ($19.50)
Scatterrays Soft metallic peach with gold pearl
Bronzescape Clean yellow brown with gold pearl
Impassioned Frosty cool taupe

Nail Lacquer ($11.00)
Peaceable Pearly pale golden beige
Violet Fire Bright creamy magenta purple
Mercenary Frosted blackened bronze

Brush ($23.00)
242 Firm fibre Brush with rounded edge for smooth, even application of powder, emollient and concealer products

Available: May 28th, 2009 (North America), June 2009 (International).
Source: www.temptalia.com

M.A.C. Style Warrior Pt. I

MAC Cosmetics Style Warriors

Launch Date: May 28th, 2009 (North America), June 2009 (International).

Every woman has an inner Wild Thing, and we’ve captured it with Style Warrior, a bronzing collection that paints a bold new portrait of the ultimate international ingénue. Exotics defy definition, combine and cross-multiply cultures, open up the borders of beauty.

Like the beautiful boys and girls on a beach in Brazil, we celebrate every combination imaginable:
Solar Riche or Refined Golden Bronzing Powder, Deep Dark Skinsheen, Golden Bronze Iridescent Powder/Loose, 182 Buffer Brush to apply, and now, new Lustre Drops for instant glow…leopard gold and ebony brown, violet purples and rich earth come together to make a New People, a new standard for what’s sexy NOW. New beauty comes in kaleidoscopic colours… Diverse, Divine, Dramatic is how we do it!

Bronzing Powder ($21.00)
Solar Riche Mid-tone deep orange brown
Refined Golden Finely spun golden with soft pearl finish

Lustre Drops ($18.50)
Pink Rebel Blue pink with gold pearl
Sun Rush Peachy bronze with gold pearl
Bronze Hero Hot bronze with fine gold pearl

Skinsheen ($22.50)
Medium Dark Sheer soft bronze with golden tan pearl
Dark Golden bronze
Deep Dark Deep warm bronze with rich golden pearl

Iridescent Powder/Loose ($21.00)
Golden Bronze Golden brown with golden bronze shimmer

Brush ($45.00)
182 Buffer A full, dome-shaped brush of extra soft goat hair. Specially created to flawless ly blend powder onto the skin for an immaculate polished finish. Excellent for all M·A·C powders and pigments.

Available: May 28th, 2009 (North America), June 2009 (International).
Source: www.temptalia.com


MAC Cosmetics Double Dazzle

Launch Date: April 30th, 2009 (North America), May 2009 (International).

All you need is Love… Lips and Lashes! Summer simplified for the modern makeup
minimalist. Double Dazzle will daze the closest competition with
colour-changing, light-reflecting pearl-shine lips; paired with a new formula
for the ultimate in voluptuous lashes, et voilà! Lips lead: seven new
Dazzleglass shades bring the scintillating selection up to 18! The
flotilla-of-lights formula imparts the pearl combination with mega-glisten
shine, creamy comfort and the subtle sensation of vanilla. Lashes follow:
multiplied, volumized, utterly glorified by our newest eye innovation…This sly
new small-and-mighty brush has been developed to capture and emphasize each and
every lash. Lips, Lashes, Lovers…Look out!

Dazzleglass ($18.00 U.S. / $21.50 CDN)
Sugarrimmed Milky pale pink with red, teal and white pearl
Goldyrocks Sheer soft yellow with pink and gold pearl
Moth to Flame Sheer neutral beige with violet pearl
Smile Light coral with pink and gold pearl
Steppin’ Out Clean yellow pink with red pearl
Utterly Posh Mid-tone orange with pink and gold pearl
Love Alert Raspberry red with red pearl
Date Night Deep plum with blue and gold pearl
Funtabulous Purple with violet pearl
Extra Amps Sheer bright blue pink with blue and pink pearl
Like Venus Clean light bubble gum pink with red pearl
Stop! Look! Sheer violet mauve with blue and pink pearl
Money Honey Mid-tone rosy mauve with red pearl
Rags to Riches Plumm y pink with teal and red pearl
Baby Sparks Pale pink with violet pearl
Bare Necessity Caramel apricot with red and gold pearl
Girl’s Delight Sheer mid-tone tan with gold pearl
Get Rich Quick Warm yellow brown

Dazzle Lash ($12.00 U.S. / $14.00 CDN)
Star Brunette Brown
Black Dazzle Black

Available: April 30th, 2009 (North America), May 2009 (International).
Source: Christine, www.temptalia.com

Laura Mercier 'Pure Peony' Collection (Nordstrom Exclusive)

Exclusive to Nordstrom, the 'Pure Peony' Collection by Laura Mercier includes all your must-have essentials for looking gorgeous and glowing as you welcome spring. A beautiful bouquet of pink and violet accents provides just the right amount of color and gleam. In a classic lavender bag, the collection is the perfect complement to your fresh and feminine spring look.

The 'Pure Peony' Collection includes :
Cheek Color Pot (exclusive)
Creme Cheek Color and Mineral Cheek Powder
Gilded Peony Sateen Eye Color (exclusive)
mini Bare Radiance Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
Peony Lip Color - Stick Gloss
mini Black Thickening and Building Mascara
double-ended mini Cheek Color
Creme Cheek Color Brush (exclusive).

$65.00 at


Bobbi Brown Platinium

Bobbi Brown Platinum Collection

Platinum Pink Shimmer Brick ($40.00)
Five color bars: soft pink, platinum, bright pink, golden coral, and rose

Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow (Limited) ($22.00)

Shimmering Lip Gloss & Lip Gloss ($20.00)
Glacier Shimmer Lip Gloss
Confetti Shimmer Lip Gloss
Nougat Lip Gloss

Shimmering Body Oil (Limited) ($34.00)

Available: March 2009 Available at all Bobbi Brown Counters and on www.bobbibrown.com.

Get the Cover Look
Cheeks: Platinum Pink Shimmer Brick

Lips: Glacier Shimmer Lip Gloss
Eyes: Steel Long-Wear Cream Shadow (upper & lower lashline, crease), Platinum Long-Wear Cream Shadow (as highlight), Black Everything Mascara

Estee Lauder Vivid Garden

Estée Lauder Vivid Garden

Warm temperatures and sunny days call for a festive garden tea party. Set in a
delightfully feminine garden of blooming flowers in shades of pinks and purples,
delectable petit-fours and decadent layer cakes iced in fanciful butterfly and
bloom designs are passed on shining silver trays as guests enjoy a selection of
delightful elixir teas. An atmosphere of fresh airiness abounds with guests
dressed in softly flowing dresses with youthful expressions of color in
unordinary combinations.

Vivid Garden Illuminating Powder ($32.00)
Duo-Tone Eye Pencil in Onyx Pearl ($18.50)

Jasmine Garden Look (Saks Fifth, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus)
Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Jasmine Garden ($35.00)
Pure Color Illuminating Gloss in Lotus Blossom ($18.00)
Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Sweet Lychee ($22.00)
Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Lotus Blossom ($18.00)

Orchid Garden Look (Nordstrom Exclusive)
Signature Eyeshadow Quad in Orchid Garden ($35.00)
Pure Color Illuminating Gloss in Peach Blossom ($18.00)
Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Crystal Coral ($22.00)
Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Peach Blossom ($18.00)

This limited edition collection is available on counter now.

Smashbox New Base Makeup Items

Photo Finish Lid Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer creates the perfect canvas for eyeshadow application. Wear this universal shade under shadow to increase longevity, or create the perfect nude eye by applying over the lid for an even tone.

The exclusive formula contains Phytomoist, a plant-based hyaluronic acid for ultimate moisturization and amino acids for skin-smoothing benefits. Soft focus pearls help diminish the appearance of fine lines on the lids while the patented Qusome® delivery system ensures all ingredients penetrate the skin to deliver effective results.
High Definition Concealer

Smashbox High Definition Concealer covers imperfections and dark circles with a weightless, good-for-your-skin liquid formula that leaves a natural finish and provides buildable coverage. Cell-energizing Ribose renews the appearance of skin, and soft focus pearls deflect light to minimize the appearance of blemishes and fine lines.

Fair (porcelain ivory/ for fair complexions)
Fair/Light (ivory beige/ for fair to light complexions)
Light (light beige/ for light complexions)
Medium (neutral beige/ for medium complexions)
Medium/Dark (deep beige/ for medium to dark complexions)


Meet Jillian Dempsey, a Makeup Hero for Prescriptives!

Tune into QVC this Saturday February 28th @3:00AM ET and 2:00PM ET for an exclusive Spring Preview! Prescriptives Director of Artistry, Jillian Veran, will be giving a sneak peek at Motor-Eyes Instant Action Mascara, their first vibrating mascara that gives your lashes instant volume, lift and curl, while reducing clumping, flaking and application time. Be the first to order yours! And as always, learn Jillian's special tips and tricks, discover great new values, and stock up on Prescriptives essentials.

Sisley Eau de Sisley Trio

Sisley will launch the Eau de Sisley trio this coming April. The new fragrances are designed to appeal to a "modern and youthful audience".

Eau de Sisley 1 is a
citrus floral with notes of green mandarin, grapefruit, pink berries, spice,
jasmine water, green tea, juniper berries, patchouli and musk.

Eau de Sisley 2 is a
refreshing fragrance with cardamom, bergamot, basil, water iris, Egyptian
jasmine, cyclamen, rose, patchouli, vetiver, cedar and sandalwood.

Eau de Sisley 3 is a
spicy fragrance, and features citrus, bergamot, mandarin, grapefruit, lemon, red
ginger, osmanthus, patchouli, vetiver, benzoin, vanilla and musk.

Sisley Eau de Sisley 1, 2 and 3 will be available in 100 ml Eau de Toilette ($165).

NYFW Backstage: Brian Reyes

SHOW: Brian Reyes
MAKEUP: Nicolas Degennes for Givenchy
THE LOOK: The main focus was to increase the look of the eyes. When Nicolas Degennes spoke with designer Brian Reyes, he mentioned a marbleized fabric, which Nicolas used for his inspiration. He started by rimming the inner eyes a really dark black kajal pencil and at the outer corners, worked with brown, black and khaki shadows. “It’s a mix of three or four colors to get that marble effect on the eyes,” explained Nicolas. Skin was kept natural and clean with a light dust of powder on the t-zone and a touch of shine on the cheek. Lips were a rosy beige, but more on the beige side than pink.

Givenchy Le Makeup Collection PhotoPerfexion Fluid Foundation, $42. (NEW! Will launch in April 2009).

OSCAR Beauty Looks

Diane Lane @ Academy Awards 2009

Inspiration: “The first thing I noticed when I saw Diane was her va va voom black dress! I wanted her makeup to be super sexy and stong, like she is. Because it was the Oscars, I focused on bumping up the eyes with lots of mascara and lashes, and sent her down the carpet glowing and gorgeous.”

Get the Look
Rachel opened up Diane’s eyes with browns and taupes from the CHANEL Quadra Eye Shadow in Demure. She created a sultry look with soft browns in the crease and a soft ivory on the lids up to the brow bone.

The eyes were lined with an Elizabeth Arden smoky eye pencil, and several coats of CHANEL Inimitable Mascara in Noir-Black gave her a dramatic, seductive look. To give Diane’s skin a dewy, glowing look, Rachel applied CHANEL Teint Innocence Naturally Luminous Fluid Makeup mixed with a bit of Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer.

On the contours of the cheeks, she applied a peach cream blush from Jouer. Finally, to complete the strong, sexy look, Rachel gave Diane a bold orangey red lip with CHANEL Hydrabase Lipstick in Fuego.

Halle Berry @ Academy Awards 2009
Mara Roszak, TRESemmé Celebrity Stylist, created Halle’s gorgeous hairstyle…for under $15!

Get the Hair
1. Apply TRESemmé Thermal Creations Straightening Gel on wet hair from roots to ends. Blow-dry hair with a medium-sized round brush, creating movement and lift.
2. Then, curl random sections of hair using a 1 1/4 inch curling iron, spraying each section with TRESemmé TRES TWO Ultra Fine Mist hairspray before curling. Apply a small amount of TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Weightless Crème onto hands, rub together, and brush out curls with fingertips, giving hair body and shine.
3. Next, pull hair into a mid-height pony, twisting it into a loose chignon, pinning as you go. Be sure to leave out some pieces to give it an organic look.
4. Finally, spray with TRESemmé TRES TWO Ultra Fine Mist hairspray to hold chignon.

The inspiration behind Heidi Klum’s Oscar beauty look began with her Roland Mouret gown. The graphic silhouette and bold red color of the dress required a softer, natural face to compliment the design rather than compete with it.

Make-up artist Linda Hay wanted to bring out on Heidi’s dramatic eyes and also incorporate the powder pink color of the coral and diamond Lorraine Schwartz jewelry on the lips and cheeks. Linda sought to create a look that was light and dewy while still modern and sexy.

Get the Look
Eyes: Linda began by lining the top and bottom lashes with Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Eyeliner in Dark Chocolate and highlighting the inside triangle of the eye with a shimmering nude eye shadow in Champagne. She then used the Victoria Secret Spring Look Eye Shadow Quad to highlight the eyes and make them pop. Using a large shadow brush, Hay applied Rich to the crease, Devoted to the eyelid and Champagne again as a highlighter under the brow and the inside corner of the eye. Using a smaller point shadow brush she blended a soft line under the eye from the outside corner to the tear duct. To finish, Linda applied three coats of Victoria’s Secret High Definition Mascara in Blackest Black.

Cheeks: On the cheeks, Linda used the new Victoria’s Secret Highlighter/Blush Duo in Fresh to the apple of the cheek to create the allusion of more defined bone structure.

Lips: Linda lined the lips with the Perfect Lipstick in Whisper followed by Victoria’s Secret Lip Gloss in Blush for subtle pink finish.

Anne Hathaway @ Academy Awards 2009

Get the Look
Anne Hathaway looked regal in a sparkling jewel encrusted Armani Privé gown. Her makeup look was sophisticated and elegant. Anne’s perfect brows framed her face and her long, lush lashes really made her eyes pop. She donned a deep berry-toned lip to complete her look.

To get Anne’s look, try Lancôme Le Crayon Poudre in Sable to fill in and shape the brows. Lightly dust Lancôme Color Design Eye Shadow in Ciel du Soir over the entire eyelid followed by Le Crayon Khôl in Black Ebony applied to the upper lash line. Lightly smudge so there are no harsh lines. Apply several coats of Lancôme Ôscillation Mascara for a faux-lash effect.For just a hint of color, dust Lancôme Blush Subtil in Sheer Amourose on the apples of the cheeks. To create her berry stained pout, apply Lancôme Color Fever Lipstick in Brickhouse.

Amy Adams @ Academy Awards 2009

Inspiration: A cross between Talouse Latrec’s dancing girls and the watercolor feeling of a Gustav Klimt painting. The day was amazing. The goal was to make sure that her makeup was saturated but not overdone.

Get the Look
Molly Stern, makeup artist, started by prepping the face with Jurlique citrus spray to give the face a healthy lift then she gave Amy a light facial massage with La Mer moisturizing lotion. Next she based her face with YSL perfect touch #2. Then she blushed her cheeks with Chantecaille Aqua Blush in Frivolous as a peachy base with Chantecaille Sesame peach eyeshadow over top. Her eyes are based with NARS cream eyeshadow in Maracaibo. Over that she blended Shu Uemura shadow in gray 960 mixed with shu uemura shadow in purple 700 all over the lid up into the crease. With a flat shadow brush she added a touch of NARS shadow in Ondine on the inside corner of her lid to give the eye a little gold hint. Molly lined the top and underneath of her eye with Trish McEvoy’s Arabian nights definer. To soften the line underneath she added a soft smudge of Suqqu lavender shadow in #27.

On her lashes she put 1 soft coat of CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Mascara in Black Ruby. On her lip, Molly based her lip with La Mer lipbalm then applied a thin coat of Outlast Lipstain by CoverGirl in Plum Pout. Then a sheer layer of Shu Uemura wine lip color in 265 with a dot of CoverGirl Wetslicks AmazeMint in Plum Crazy at the center of her lip for a little extra pout. That’s also what she took in her bag for touch ups.

Jennifer Aniston @ Academy Awards 2009

“When I spoke to Jen before the Oscars, we decided we wanted to create a look that exuded modern glamour. She had just returned from vacation, and she had that relaxed, glowing feeling, which we wanted to display on the red carpet. She is the quintessential California glamour girl, and she was radiant as always on Oscar night.”

Get the Look
Angela prepped Jennifer’s skin with CHANEL Hydramax + Active Moisture Boost Cream. She then used a foundation brush to apply CHANEL Lift Lumiere Firming and Smoothing Fluid Makeup in Beige all over the face. Under Jennifer’s eyes, Angela applied CHANEL Lift Lumiere Smooth and Rejuvinating Eye Contour in Beige Lumiere. Instead of a traditional blush, Angela dabbed a bit of CHANEL Hydrabase Lipstick in Coco Red on the apples of Jennifer’s cheeks.She then applied CHANEL Sheer Brilliance in Sunkissed around the tops of her cheekbones, closer to the eye, for a bit of shimmer.

Jennifer’s eyes were a combination of LORAC eye shadows in Jade, Black, and Serenity, and a Tina Earnshaw shadow in Aubergine. Her lashes looked extra glamorous thanks to CHANEL Inimitable Mascara in Noir-Black. On Jennifer’s lips, Angela used CHANEL Aqualumiere Lipshine in Panarea, available in April. To complete the look, she dusted Soleil Tan de CHANEL Bronzer on Jennifer’s skin, an exclusive creation product from CHANEL also launching in April.

Queen Latifah @ Academy Awards 2009

Inspiration: “Latifah’s dress is very elegant, modern and chic, and her hair needs to complement this, so we decided on a modern chignon which features very smooth hair, a side part, bangs that swoop down in front, a low bun in the back that is off to the side.”

Get the Hair
To achieve this glamorous modern look, Baker will dry Latifah’s hair using the new FHI Heat Nano Salon Pro 2100 blow dryer, then apply FHI Heat Hot Sauce, a heat-activated conditioner that protects hair, to slightly damp hair. Last, she will use her favorite FHI Heat Runway styling iron to smooth out Latifah’s tresses, before styling it into a chignon.

Rosario Dawson @ Academy Awards 2009

Get the Hair
1. First, apply TRESemmé Flawless Curls Touchable Curls Shaping Milk to towel dried hair and blow-dry using fingers.
2. Next, curl random sections of hair with a 1 inch curling iron, giving hair a slightly undone wavy look. Brush out curls with fingers.
3. To keep fly-aways at bay, spray entire look with TRESemmé Smooth Frizz Shield Finishing Spray.
4. Then, tease crown to create a little height and pull back 1/2 inch sections of hair, then pin with bobby pins. This creates a 60’s classic/beach waves feel. Spray again with TRESemmé Smooth Frizz Shield Finishing Spray to take you to the wee hours of the night.

Natalie Portman @ Academy Awards 2009

Inspiration:My inspiration for Natalie on Oscar night was her dress… The colour was a fantastic orchid, and being Rodarte, I wanted to do cool punk rock sexy fairy make up.”

Get the Look
Jeanine was going for a smoky eye, and used CHANEL Silky Eye Shadow Duo in Orient Express. She used the pale pink as a base and the dark purple smoked around the eye on the lid and smudged in lower lash line. She added CHANEL Intense Eye Pencil in Noir inside the eye, and lots of CHANEL Inimitable Mascara in Noir-Black for thick sexy lashes. She used CHANEL Perfect Brows in Brun, using the two colours to make a strong brow, but keeping it soft.

Jeanine then used CHANEL Powder Blush in Narcisse, a flattering, bright pink shade, high on the cheek bones. She then added CHANEL Glossimer in Galactic for a more pale lavender lip. Finally, for a sexy, bronze sheen, Jeanine applied CHANEL Sheer Brilliance in Sunkissed on Natalie’s arms, shoulders, and décolleté.

Kate Winslet @ Academy Awards 2009

Get the Look
Kate Winslet looked beautiful in a multi-toned one shoulder YSL dress. Celebrity makeup artist Jillian Dempsey wanted to create a classic, natural look. First, she prepped Kate’s skin with Lancôme La Base Pro primer to create a smooth canvas for a polished complexion. She lightly brushed Lancôme Brow Expert in Naturel on the brows to play up their natural shape. Jillian Dempsey for Avon Pro Eyeshadow Trio in Ice Shimmer was applied to the eyes and the lashes were coated with Jillian Dempsey for Avon Pro Mascara in Black. To create a sheer, neutral colored lip, Lancôme Color Fever Lipstick in Old Flame was applied for a soft, matte finish.

Get the Hair
A modern day Grace Kelly that compliments her total look and silhouette. A wavy texture with a dynamic shape. Start by applying Fekkai More All Day Density Styling Whip on wet hair. Blow-dry smooth with the Fekkai Extra Large Round Brush to create some volume. Then use a one inch curling iron and let it set for 20 minutes. Brush it through and use the Fekkai Coiff Magnifique Ultra Light Finishing Creme at the ends to help roll hair under. Finish with Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray.

Makeup artist Gita Bass created Tina Fey’s red carpet look for the 2009 Oscars. Gita shares her red carpet tips and techniques for creating Tina’s makeup look yourself.

Luminous Skin: “Glowing radiant skin is a must on the red carpet! I love using the Elizabeth Arden Mineral Powder Foundation-it contains mica which reflects light creating a luminous finish that’s never greasy, and it is virtually invisible on the skin, perfect for HD.”

Smoky Eyes: “I wanted to give Tina a soft smoky eye, so I chose a gunmetal shade in
stead of a harsh black. The Elizabeth Arden Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil is the perfect tool as it delivers a great amount of pigment and it blends beautifully. Adding a little shimmer on the inner corners and the upper lid creates a 3 dimensional finish that really pops.”

Sexy Lashes: “To accentuate Tina’s sexy feline shaped eyes, I added some individual lashes on the outer corners of the upper lid. Curl the lashes and add 2 coats of mascara before adding the lashes-this way you can see where the gaps are and just fill them in.”

Bold Lip: “A natural lip is a great compliment to a smoky eye. I chose Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Effects Lipstick in Pink Honey Pearl. It’s sheer enough to not compete with the eye but contains a hint of gold to add some warmth to the face.

…For added staying power, line the lips with a liner the same color as your lip, fill in the line and then layer the lipstick over the top. To create an even sexier pout, add a sheer layer of pink gloss - I used Elizabeth Arden High Shine Lip Gloss in Pink Pout.

Makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff created Alicia Keys’ glamorous red carpet look for the 2009 Oscars. Ashunta reveals her inspiration and application techniques for creating Alicia’s makeup at home.

“I wanted to make a separation for Alicia Keys the 12 time award winning grammy artist and Alicia Keys the emerging actress. The dress was a gorgeous Magenta Armani Prive’ gown with a sultry front split. I was inspired by Veronica Lake, Lena Horne and the women in Hollywood in the 40’s and early 50’s so bold lips, luminous skin, strong brows and sultry eyes are all a must!!!”

“I started by prepping skin with Elizabeth Arden Gold Ceramide Capsules to hydrate the skin and make the skin have a radiant glow, then applied Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder 5.”

“Under eye circles were masked with Mary Kay Beige 2 concealer. Next I used Queen Collection bronzer in Light Bronze to sculpt and contour her face. I then brought in an eye liner to smoke lower lashes using Elizabeth Arden Black Smoky Eyes Pencil in Black. I added Shu Uemura Smoky Layers Lashes for drama.”

“Brows are such a key point of the face and the women of the 40’s and 50’s always had amazing ones. So I used a brunette brow pencil from Dior and softened it with Dior Blonde Shimmer brow gel.”

“The bold hibiscus colored lip set off the lavender and pink tones Alicia had on. Because the lip was so vibrant I knew I would need to use Elizabeth Arden’s Ceramide Plump Perfect Lip Moisture so that the lip color would last and plump up lips. I used Mary Kay lip pencil in Raspberry all over the lips filling it in so her lips had lasting power and finished the look with Mary Kay Fleur De Polynesie which is a gorgeous pink.”

Angelina Jolie @ Academy Awards 2009

Get the Look
Angelina Jolie looked stunning in a black strapless Elie Saab gown paired with beautiful emerald-colored jewels which added a striking burst of color. Celebrity makeup artist Mary Burton created Angelina’s flawless look. Mary applied Le Crayon Khôl in Black Ebony to the upper and lower lash lines. She emphasized the shape of Angelina’s eyes by applying more liner to the outer corners of the eye. Several coats of Ôscillation Mascara were applied to the upper lashes for added volume and length. Mary put a touch of pink to the cheeks using Shu Uemura Blush in M Pink 31 and applied it to her cheekbones near the temple. To create ultra-shiny and luminous lips, Mary used Juicy Tubes in Spring Fling.

Get the Hair

To achieve this romantic cascade of curls, I sprayed Angie’s entire head with David Babaii for WildAid Bohemian Beach Spray and scrunched it into the hair (this gives just the right texture and hold).

Next, I dried her hair by dividing her tresses into 3 sections: top, sides and back leaving the nape area free. Taking small sections starting at the nape, I used the David Babaii for WildAid Blow Dryer with the nozzle attachment and finish the drying process with a large round brush to smooth hair straight. At the crown area, I sprayed David Babaii for WildAid Volcanic Ash Root Amplifier to the root area and down the hair shaft. Then, I dried this section with a jumbo round brush to add lift and volume.

Once dry, I sectioned the hair again using the same sectioning process as I did for blow drying. Using the David Babaii for WildAid Styling Iron, I once again sectioned the hair into 3 sections: top, sides and back leaving the nape area free. To curl, use the Styling Iron to create “ribbon curls” by taking small “V” shaped sections. To achieve, I wrapped the hair around and inside the styling iron close to the scalp area and pull the iron down (similar to curling ribbon).

After curling the entire head, I smoothed some of the curls with a brush while leaving some intact. At the crown area, I back-brushed the hair at the scalp area only, sprayed some additional Volcanic Ash Root Amplifier and gently smoothed the surface not to remove too much of the back-brushing. Next, to create her half-up, half down look, I brushed the sides up and back and secured with pins. To complete the back, I ran my fingers up several curls to create volume and variations in texture. For a long but natural lasting hold, I used David Babaii for WildAid Mise en Plis Light Styling Spray.

Styling Tip: Why so much sectioning? It is vital to have constant control of your hair at all times. You will never miss an area or a section.

Nicole Kidman @ Academy Awards 2009

Inspiration: “When I asked Nicole what we wanted to do for the Oscars, she told me she just wanted to look beautiful! So I decided to go for basic, beautiful makeup that shows who she is - an unbelievable beauty, timeless and glamorous. Her look was pure and gorgeous, just as it should be for the 81st Academy Awards.”

Get the Look
Angela prepped Nicole’s skin with he favorite skin care product, CHANEL Hydramax + Active Moisture Boost Cream. On her eyes, she used the sultry shades from the CHANEL Quadra Eye Shadow in Reflets d’Ombre. Several coats of CHANEL Inimitable Mascara in Noir-Black were applied to create a glamorous, modern eye.She applied CHANEL Blush Duo Tweed Effect in Tweed Rose on Nicole’s cheekbones. For an added flawless effect, Angela used CHANEL Natural Finish Pressed Powder in Translucent 1 all over Nicole’s face.To create a sophisticated, glossy wine coloured lip, she applied CHANEL Aqualumiere Gloss in Bubble Plum.

Get the Hair
After thoroughly towel drying, I applied David Babaii for WildAid Amplifying Whipped Mousse for volume and hold. I dried the hair by dividing it into 3 sections: top, sides and back leaving the nape area free. Creating small sections, start at the nape and use the David Babaii for WildAid Blow Dryer with the nozzle attachment. I dried each section with a medium round brush to smooth and create a soft round bend to the ends. Once again, section the hair into 3 sections: top with a side part, sides and back leaving the nape area free.

To create waves, I formed “V” shaped pieces and use the David Babaii for WildAid Styling Iron. I then ran the styling iron down the hair shaft from close to the roots to the ends to create a sleek, smooth look. Then I repeated, half way down the hair shaft utilize the beveled edge by turning the styling iron (like a curling iron) to create a soft curl.

I clipped each curl and sprayed with David Babaii for WildAid Mise en Plis Light Styling Spray. I then alternated the direction of each row of curls in order to achieve a finger wave effect. When finished, gently brush and form into soft waves using my David Babaii for WildAid Mise en Plis Light Styling Spray for a soft long lasting hold. To finish, I brushed back one side and secured with a decorative hair pin.

Styling Tip: Use “V” shaped sections helps to eliminate the appearance of partings.

Vanessa Hudgens @ Academy Awards 2009

Get the Look
To achieve her naturally beautiful evening look, Celebrity makeup artist, Karan Mitchell, first applied Neutrogena Healthy Skin Glow Sheers in Light to Medium to Vanessa’s already radiant skin.To set the look and add a hint of shimmer, she then applied Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Blush in in Natural Apricot to the apples of her cheeks, followed by a touch of Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Illuminator. To create Vanessa’s soft-smoky eye, Mitchell began by applying Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes in Medium underneath the eye to rid of any dark circles, and on the eyelid as an eye-shadow base. She then used Nourishing Eye Duo in Fairy Dust, applying the darker shade to the crease and then brushing the accent shade over the entire lid up to the brow bone. Mitchell finished by applying two coats of Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara in Carbon Black.To complement Vanessa’s darker eye, Mitchell applied a mixture of two pink moisture-infused lip colors – Neutrogena MoistureShine Lipstick SPF 20 in Angel’s Blush and Sheer Luck.

Get the Hair
Take 2 x 2 inch triangles, lightly saturate the hair with your favorite aerosol hairspray. Comb through the section to make sure hair is evenly distributed. With one hand, take entire section and twist to base.Place the FHI Heat 3/4″ Curling iron underneath the section. Take the hair and wind around the FHI Heat 3/4″ Curling iron. Hold for approximately 15 seconds - slide iron out and secure with the FHI Heat T-Rex Clips.Complete the entire head in this fashion. Let it all cool and remove clips. Apply approximately 1/2 a dime size of FHI Heat Hot Sauce to hands to emulsify - work through sections gently.

Taraji P. Henson by Aveda - 2009 Oscars

New York-based celebrity hair stylist, Dante Blandshaw, created the stunning red carpet look for Academy Award® nominee, Taraji Henson (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”). “This is a clean, fresh, modern take on a layered, textured bob,” said Blandshaw. “I wanted to create a modern, asymmetrical, textured bob with natural movement and shine.” Blandshaw shares expert tips on how he used Aveda products to achieve the look:

I started with Aveda Brilliant Shampoo and Aveda Brilliant Conditioner to soften Taraji’s textured hair,” said Blandshaw. “I love the Aveda Brilliant line because it provides a smooth shine to textured hair and reduces blow dry time.”Prep hair with Aveda Brilliant Damage Control to protect from heat styling.Blow dry hair straight using a paddle brush.After blow drying, add a dime-sized amount of Aveda Brilliant Universal Styling Creme to add additional shine without weighing hair down.Flat-iron hair to create the foundation for a smooth, sleek red carpet look.Using 1.5” and 2” barrel curling irons, curl hair throughout to give bend and movement,accenting the layers in the cut.Slightly curl the front to create a soft, side-swept bang for added height and fullness.Comb hair through with a wide-tooth comb.Spray with Aveda Air Control Hair Spray for a light finish. “Aveda Air Control Hair Spray is a perfect complement to this look because its lightweight formula provides lasting hold and shine without weighing hair down,” said Blandshaw.

Freida Pinto by Aveda - 2009 Oscars

Celebrity stylist, Jeffrey Paul, created a fresh and elegant red carpet hair look for Frieda Pinto. Radiant in John Galliano, Pinto’s hair is divided into three parts and twisted back into an architectural, couture flower shape on the right side of the head. “This look has a beautiful architecture; hair is twisted back into a youthful, feminine flower shape that complements Frieda’s face shape and stunning Galliano gown.

Start with Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo and Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Clay Conditioner.Mix a cocktail of Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam and Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip. Work the product into wet hair to add texture and volume. “When creating an updo, it’s important to use products that give thickness and body,” said Paul. “Pinto’s hair already has a lot of shine. The cocktail of Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam and Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip provided just the right amount of hold, body and texture without weighing hair down.”Blow dry hair back to add lift and height at the roots.
Create a left side part and divide hair into three sections: three quarters of hair in one section on the right and the remaining hair into two smaller sections. Pull the right section of hair back into a low ponytail just behind the right ear above the nape of the neck. Twist the ponytail, working Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip into hair. Wrap the ponytail around the base, creating a flower shape. Secure in place with pins. Work Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip into each of the remaining sections and twist back and around the flower shape, creating a layered, rose-like effect. “The three twists flow together for beautiful movement,” said Paul. Finish the look with Aveda Air Control Hair Spray. Lastly, shake the head a bit to loosen up the look and provide a sense of natural movement.

This year, at the 81st Annual Academy Awards Sarah Jessica Parker, sought dramatic eyes paired with a pale pink lip.

Christina Zilber, founder of Jouer Cosmetics teaches us easy ways to get the celebrity look: “The dramatic eye paired with a pale lip creates a fresh and romantic feel, perfect for formal occasions.” Other celebrities sporting this makeup look include Robin Wright Penn and Freida Pinto.

How to get Sarah Jessica Parker’s Oscars 2009 red carpet makeup look:
The most important aspect to the celebrity look is flawless skin. Christina recommends beginning by lightly evening your complexion using the Jouer luminizing moisture tint followed by the Jouer age-repairing brightner where necessary, around the eyes, the nose and the corners of the mouth, follow by a light dusting of the Jouer mineral face powder. Christina then recommends applying a light peach or pink blush to the apple of the cheek for a fresh, youthful glow. For the eyes, she recommends drawing a thick line on the top and bottom eyelid with Jouer’s eye definer “Noir”. Using a large flat eye brush, Christina recommends applying the Jouer’s powder eyeshadow “caviar” - a shimmering navy charcoal, to the lid of the eyes, compliment with “truffle” - a matte platinum grey on the crease of the eye, followed by “parfait” - shimmering deep lavender on the brow line. Follow the look with two coats of the Jouer mascara “black” to both the top and bottom lashes. For that perfectly pale baby pink lip, Zilber recommends the Jouer amelie lipstick followed by the Jouer mist gloss to add a bit of shimmer and shine.

Miley Cyrus, attendee at last night’s 81st Academy Awards, Ginnifer Goodwin, actress in the new movie “He’s Just Not That into You” and actress Mena Suvari have made their mark in Hollywood on the red carpet this week! mark celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh explains how she created their gorgeous red carpet looks.

Mai Quynh Explains How She Created Miley’s Red Carpet look for the Academy Awards:

Eyes: ”Miley’s dress was an ombre princess inspired dress with a lot of detail, so we wanted to keep her makeup soft. On the base of her eyelids, I swept on mark I-Mark Custom Pick Eyeshadow in Latte. I then blended mark I-Mark Custom Pick Eyeshadow in Espresso lightly in the creases and smudged underneath as a liner. Lastly, I coated her eyelashes with two coats of mark Make It Big Lash Plumping Mascara in Raven.”
Face: Sweep mark Good Glowing Custom Pick Powder Blush in Golden Glo and Star Glo
Lips: Apply mark Dew Drenched Moisturlicous Lip Color in Mist.

Mai Quynh Explains How to Get Mena Suvari’s Red Carpet look at the Independent Spirit Awards:

Eyes :Mena wore a bohemian inspired and flowy Diane Von Furstenberg dress, so we wanted to keep her makeup fresh and clean. For her eyes, I swept on mark I-Mark Custom Pick Eye Shadows in Tiki with a crease brush so that it went on sheerly from the lashline to the crease. I then coated her eyelashes with two coats of mark Make It Big Lash Plumping Mascara in Raven.”
Face: Blend mark Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint in Nude on the apple of cheeks.
Lips: Apply mark Gleamstick Hook Up Lipcolor in Flirtatious.

Mai Quynh Explains How to Get Ginnifer Goodwin’s Red Carpet look at the Vanity Fair Oscar Pre-Party:

Eyes : “Ginnifer wore a temperly animal print dress, so she wanted her makeup to be pretty and focus on her eyes. I swept on mark I-Mark Custom Pick Eye Shadows in Corset from the lashline and blended it into the crease. I then used mark I-Mark Custom Pick Eye Shadows in Jet to rim the bottom of her eyes, and then coated her eyelashes with two coats of mark Make It Big Lash Plumping Mascara in Raven.”
Face: Blend mark Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint in Cheeky on the apple of cheeks.
Lips: Apply mark Glow Baby Glow Hook Up Lip Gloss in Secret.

Giorgio Armani Beauty’s TIM QUINN on Oscar Beauty!

Giorgio Armani Beauty’s Celebrity Makeup Artist and National Artistic Director, Tim Quinn, had the stars dazzling throughout Oscar weekend - in particular Kerry Washington and Uma Thurman.

Tim Quinn kicked off Oscar weekend by creating a fresh and youthful look for Kerry Washington that reflected the laid-back attitude of the Independent Spirit Awards, at which she was presenting later that day.

Tim Quinn began by sweeping Luminous Silk Foundation n°9 across her face to smooth out her complexion, but allow it to remain luminous throughout the day.To keep create the daytime smoky eye that Kerry requested, Tim used a palette of deep earthy tones, including slate and deep bronze hues to shade the lid of the eye, adding a bit of drama with a sweep of Maestro liner just along the lash line and a few coats of Maestro Obsidian Black Mascara.The glowing look was completed with a bronze palette that featured sand, gold and reddish hues that was swept from her upper cheek bones to the apples of her cheeks. A simple glossy nude lip finished off the natural, radiant look.

Uma Thurman at OSCAR After Party

For the fresh, natural look Uma Thurman featured at the Vanity Fair Oscar party at the Sunset Tower, Tim first prepared her face with a primer that featured a touch of pink to bring out the rosy hues in her complexion.

Tim Quinn then applied the new Lasting Silk UV SPF 20 Foundation 5.5 (hits counters April 1st) to keep her complexion smooth throughout the evening. Tim then kept Uma’s eyes light and ethereal by using light beige and light rose tones - featured in the new Giorgio Armani Spring Palette - on her lid and finishing with a thin line of liquid liner and a sweep of ultra-black mascara. He then added a few brushes of coral-colored cream blush across the apples of her cheeks and highlighted her lips with lip wax 2 and a coat of lip shimmer 25.