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Friday, March 1, 2013

Staging Intervention for: Jennifer Aniston

I know, I know… I said I wouldn’t even show Jennifer Aniston’s photos in my Oscars post  because I was so disgusted with her “let me just run a brush through my hair and throw on a ball gown” look.  But her hairstylist Chris McMillan recently did an interview for People Magazine  explaining why he sent her down the red carpet looking so boring, “She wanted to keep the makeup natural and the hair natural. I think it’s about, at this point, being really comfortable on the red carpet.” This was my last straw. It’s intervention time…

Jennifer, please remember I’m staging this intervention because I care. I feel like I’m speaking on behalf of a lot of your fans who are just dying to see you show up on the red carpet again actually looking like you give a shit.  You’re obviously a stunning movie star, no one is doubting that. But there was a day not long ago  when you would rock an updo and a sultry smoky eye for a red carpet rather than the same hair and  makeup as a night out at the local taqueria.

Let’s take a look at you at the Oscars this year:

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Reflux (I Mean Recap)

Oh my lovelies, for those of you who follow me on Twitter or Facebook you know last night’s red carpet was simply traumatizing for this beauty addict.  Where was the glitz? Where was the glamour? Since when did messy matronly updos become an acceptable trend?  And where the hell was the red carpet makeup? Based on the majority of looks last night I’m pretty sure the LA makeup artists are on silent strike. That’s the only conclusion I can come to after seeing several starlets whose faces and dresses were both devoid of color.  Luckily, a select few of the celebrities rebelled against the boring plague last night by actually showing up in black tie beauty (imagine wearing black tie makeup and hair to the most formal event of the year? How novel) and so yes, I do actually have  a fewpositive things to say, but don’t expect too much sunshine and roses. Oh and by the way, in protest I refuse to show you Jennifer Aniston because you could honestly be looking at any photo of her from the past couple years. I just can’t condone it.

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Jessica Chastain:  She went from being my worst in beauty at the Golden Globes with that “I want you to think I'm balding” hair to being one of the standouts for best in beauty at the Oscars last night. She personifed classic beauty with her Old Hollywood Glam structured waves and statement red lip.  This is what a movie star looks like.

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Anne Hathaway was boring with a capital B (except for those glaring headlights she showed off in high beam all night). I know she’s growing her hair out but it looked more Dorothy Hamill than a pixie last night.  She could have had a stylist give it a little more of a modern shape or perhaps a teased crown with a skinny headband? I think slicked back hair would have looked better than that soccer mom coif.  And let's face it her makeup could have used some serious punch. A matte rose lip like Lipstick Queen Sinner 90 Percent Pigment  ($20) would have been perfect.

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 Jennifer Lawrence may have missed a step on her way to claim her Oscar, but she certainly didn't miss a step when it came to her red carpet beauty (I had to make a reference to the trip; I simply couldn't resist). She was pure perfection in her classic yet intricate updo and her smoky grey eyes and pale pink lip. And this should go without saying, but the only excuse for having a light lip at the Oscars is if you’re rocking a smoky eye.  Jennifer is the only starlet who followed this golden red carpet rule.

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Amanda Seyfried looked like a walking cadaver in her pale dress, pale lip, and eyes done in a pale lavender. I mean come on. It's makeup artistry 101. Go to any makeup artist for a big event and she or he will ask you what you're wearing. I assure you if you describe the dress Amanda wore, most makeup artists would insist on either a dramatic eye or statement lip.  And why does she look like she's about to cry? Is it because she knows her hair looks like a bad 90s prom updo that her date just ruined by insisting on keeping the convertible top down?  Frizz city!

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All hail the queen!! Queen Latifah certainly gets a nod for one of the best looks of the night – showing off Spring's biggest trend – a bright fuchsia lip – paired with metallic eyes and long luscious lashes (which are either extensions or falsies, but looked amaze balls either way). The hair was slicked back and sophisticated in order to bring the eye back to her face. When the cast of Chicago went onstage my eye immediately went to her because of that stunning lip. Want to get that lip at home?  Try NARS ‘Andy Warhol’ Lip Gloss Penny Arcade ($26) which gives the same glossy bright fuchsia shine.

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Charlize Theron is the only celebrity who gets a pass for her miminal makeup because her cropped hair was so dramatic, and let’s face it, she’s Charlize Theron. Her face is perfection. Her hair and dress brought the drama and her makeup just complemented her otherworldly beauty.

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum: Could she be any more adorable with that baby  bump?  I did like that being pregnant didn’t prevent her from going sultry with her makeup. Celebrity Makeup Artist Kayleen McAdams created Jenna's look with all Tarte products, mixing a lot of shimmery shades to give Jenna an "inspired look of  iridescence."  Pro Tip: Kayleen applied Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil  ($46) wherever the sun would hit Jenna's skin to give it a natural sheen.  Jenna was also one of the only ones who successfully pulled off the piecy updo because it actually looked polished.

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Reese Witherspoon: I’m in love with those thick sculpted waves but what the hell happened with the makeup? I mean is she even wearing lipstick? If she's going to go Old Hollywood Glam with the hair then she should complete the look with at least a matte red lip like Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color Red Carpet ($24). And did her makeup artist run out of concealer? There is no excuse for sending Reese down the red carpet with those dark circles.  She desperately needed some contouring around the forehead too.  It almost looks like she got hit in the forehead (do you see the bump? It could have easily been contoured away). Amateur hour.

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Amy Adams: Watch out! We have another walking cadaver! The hair screams homely mother-of-the-bride and there really is no makeup to critique.  Where’s the concealer and highlighter under her eyes? She looks exhausted!  And are you kidding me that we have yet another pale dress paired with a face void of color?  I’d like to bitch slap her makeup artist.  Honestly, if I would have been on the carpet I would have stolen Jessica Chastain's lipstick and begged Amy to put it on.  (I would have probably smeared a little on the apples of  her cheeks as well to give her the illusion of life)

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Kerry Washington: What the hell happened? You were a beauty superstar at the Golden Globes and SAG Awards. I thought for sure I could count on you to bring it. Au Contraire. Where is your sophisticated updo showing off those glorious cheekbones?  Did you just drag a brush through your hair and head off to the red carpet? What the hell happened to your makeup? To call it ‘minimal’ would be generous . What is that on your lips, chapstick? Heads need to roll on Ms. Washington’s beauty team.

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What did you think of the Oscars last night? Who were some of your favorites?

 

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Oscars Special: Ten Most Beautiful and Iconic Hair & Makeup Looks of All Time

Since obviously all these looks are timeless, I thought I would bring this post back to life in homage of the Oscars tomorrow. Enjoy!

In honor of the Oscars tomorrow, as a huge movie buff, I thought I would count down the ten most beautiful and iconic hair and makeup looks of all time. My original thinking was I would include at least one trendsetting movie star from each decade  – Madonna from Desperately Seeking Susan(1985), Julie Roberts from Pretty Woman (1990), Rooney Mara from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), etc. But when I started making my list I realized I just couldn’t spare  a spot for these women.  I had to make my decisions based solely on beauty and influence, and find the movies that made the actresses into style icons.

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1. Grace Kelly in Rear Window (1954): You have no idea how hard it was for me to choose the order of the Top 5. Each actress is just so breathtaking and has had such an influence on trends throughout the years. But come on, I had to give the number one spot to Grace Kelly in Rear Window. She is the dictionary definition of classic beauty. You can tell how much Hitchcock was in love with her by her first scene in the movie. The camera has a love affair with her classic features, slowly focusing in as she leans in towards Jimmy Stewart, her perfectly coiffed blond hair and eyebrows, and that bold red lip we see all over the runways and celebrities today.

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2. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961): Let's face it -- Audrey was beautiful in every movie, but her look in Breakfast in Tiffany's made her forever a style icon. I remember the scene when she's getting ready for Sing Sing... Watching her put on her makeup and style her hair was a milestone for me becoming the beauty addict I am today.

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3. Faye Dunaway in Chinatown (1974) and Bonnie and Clyde (1967): Since this is my blog, I don't have to chose! You can't make me! She was so stunning in both. Chinatown: it's tough to make those skinny eyebrows work,but she rocked this period look in the dark Roman Polanski Film Noir.

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Bonnie & Clyde: Faye Dunaway is probably most famous for this role as Bonnie alongside Warren Beatty's Clyde. Celebrities and fashionistas are still trying to copy her perfect bob. They just don't make beauties like her anymore.

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4. Sophia Loren in... EVERYTHING! There's no way to pick one specific movie that defined Ms. Loren's status as a style goddess. She's had such enormous influence over what we consider sexy. Just look at Guess and Dolce & Gabbana ads or our modern day versions of Ms. Loren, Sofia Vergera and Eva Mendes. Quoting Ms. Loren, "Where youthful beauty is unconscious, mature beauty is knowing and sophisticated." Yep, she's still got it.

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5. Brigitte Bardot in A Very Private Affair (1962): Brigitte Bardot started the sexy bed hair trend. I love the teased crown with the whispy bangs. I wanted to make sure I showed a nice color close-up also so you can take full advantage of her kitten-lined eyes and coral-painted lascivious lips.

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6. Pam Grier in Foxy Brown (1974). It's tough to get sexier than Pam Grier. Love the big afro (which is obviously still a huge trend today) with the flawless skin and rosy cheeks. Just gorgeous!

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7. Angelina Jolie in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2007): Okay, I know it's not the best movie, but Angie's sex kitten look launched millions of lip injections and hair extensions. Who doesn't want to look like a seductress?

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8. Julie Christie in Shampoo (1975): For those of you beauty addicts who have not seen this movie, you need to immediately get it on Netflix. Warren Beatty gives Julie Christie's character a game-changing haircut, making her the envy of all of Beverly Hills. To give you an idea of the impact her haircut still has today, famed Hair Stylist Chris McMillan said that Julie Christie's hair in Shampoo was one of his inspirations for cutting Jennifer Aniston's bob.

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9. Kim Basinger in L.A.Confidential (1997): Her character Lynn Bracken was supposed to look like famous stunner Veronica Lake. And just like Bud White says to Lynn in the movie, "You look better than Veronica Lake."

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10. Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 (2011): Call me ugly names, I don't care. I love the Twilight series. Stewart's Bella Swan, walking down the aisle in her romantic updo and subtle makeup using a soft palette, inspired hundreds of "How To's" in magazines, blogs, and TV shows.

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Which of these looks are your favorite? Did I miss anyone?

 

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Oscars Round-up: The Good,The Bad and The Ugly

Generally, I was pretty underwhelmed and disappointed with the red carpet last night.   Some starlets didn’t seem to get the “age appropriate” makeup and hair memo (Emma Stone and Penelope Cruz), nor did they think that fixing their dark roots might be a nice touch (yeah you, Cameron Diaz).   Maria and I sipped good champagne while we ripped apart the red carpet road kill:

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Emma Stone: Her makeup was so close to immaculate -- the perfectly lined kitten eyes, naturally flushed cheeks, and classic sheer lip. Then her makeup artist decided it would be a good idea to use a pink shadow for Ms. Stone's entire eye lid, making her look like she was suffering from a severe allergy. Not only does the pink shadow made her look like she has a medical condition but it totally highlighted her puffy lids. I liked the hair, but definitely didn't love it. It would have been perfect on someone twenty years older. The dress was so sophisticated that she could have made the look more age appropriate by doing something a little less structured.

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Jennifer Lopez: One word - STUNNING. Definitely one of my favorite looks of the night. Her high modern chignon pulls her face taut, showing off her glowing skin and kitten-lined eyes. It looked like the makeup artist used a dark brown in the crease, but blended it well enough so that it wouldn't darken the eye. If I had to make one change I would have given her a stronger lipstick. The eyes are not dramatic enough to warrant a nude lip.

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Angelina Jolie: What can I say? She is a freak of nature. It would be quite difficult for any makeup artist to botch that gorgeous face. The makeup was classic screen siren. I loved the bold red lip and the expertly blended soft-lined eyes. For the hair, she could have done an updo or half-up style to make it look a bit more formal, but the hair still looks gorgeous. The one thing I would change is her hair color. It washes her out and she looks so much more striking with dark hair.

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Rooney Mara: I think she is just stunning. I'm a bit over the whole blunt bang scene (seems like they were rampant on the red carpet), but she's probably the only one who can pull it off without it looking like a wig. Her makeup was flawless -- alabaster skin, bold brows, berry lips. She was my favorite face of the night.

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Penelope Cruz: How did her stylist let her leave the house like that? I can't believe people were calling her the best of the night. Beauty Blogger Amber Katz tweeted last night that Cruz reminded her of a mother-of-the-bride. Perfect description. Cruz's makeup artist obviously ran out of concealer (her under eyes are purple!) and the hair is so for the over 65 crowd.

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Gwyneth Paltrow: Is she even wearing makeup? Did her eyebrows disappear? A little color on her lips wouldn't kill anyone. The blond hair, the barely-there makeup, and the white dress totally washed her out. Her hair looked thin and brittle. The ponytail looked like an afterthought like she tied her hair back to put on that awful nude lipstick, and she forgot to take out the hair tie. And where's the jewelry? D-i-s-a-s-t-e-r.

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Berenice Bejo: I could care less about this actress, but I LOVE her hair. The volume at the crown of the head made it more formal, and the way her stylist finished the braid at the nape of her neck gives it edge. Definitely my favorite hair of the night.

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