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THE KYLIE BOB


If it isn’t already obvious, I have some serious envy for Kylie Jenner’s style. And since she cut her hair to the same length as mine a few months ago, I’ve been loving her fresher, and in my opinion, more chic look. Her ombré hair just hovers her collarbone, and she typically wears it super voluminous at the roots, straight and some serious texture at the ends. With a bit of tinkering, I think I’ve almost mastered the look and wear it almost everyday because it’s versatile, fast and has that effortlessly cool feeling.

I wash my hair, the usual. I let it dry until it’s about 95% dry, then blow-dry the roots, crunching up with my fingers to build a little volume and texture. I then throw it all up in a bun, and remove layer by layer, from the bottom up, running through with a flat iron once or twice max. I always leave a little wave to the pieces, it’s easier and (in my humble opinion) cooler. My part changes on the daily–even Kylie regularly swaps from deep side parts to modelesque middle parts. I make sure that the most face-framing pieces are a little extra straight, I think it flatters the face more. Then, going a little wild with some thickening spray (you can also use a dry shampoo here), crunching up the roots and making it look like I … how do you say… woke up like this. I usually finish off with a couple spritzes of surf spray to hold everything in place and establish just that little bit more texture. And voila!

–Anna Raponi

GET THE LOOK // KYLIE JENNER

Love or hate the Kardashians, I think Kendall and Kylie (Kris and Bruce Jenner’s youngest daughters) are major it-girls for their age. Their style, heavily documented on their Instagram’s, is enviable and their makeup is always on-par. While Kendall typically goes for a lighter look, Kylie loves her winged liner and bold lip. And, of course, as Kardashian’s, she’s wears a killer contour on the daily. This particular look is from a movie premiere she did, but she more or less wears this same look on a day-to-day basis, and while it may be too heavy for most, it’s a great party or special event look.

Face

If you look closely at her face, the light sections are very light and so the dark contours are very obvious. I’d recommend going for a foundation/BB cream/tinted moisturizer that is one or to shades lighter than your skin– with the heavy contouring, your face could end up orange-y otherwise. With a also lighter concealer, cover up any redness and under-eye circles. Set with a powder–a light diffusing option will perfect your skin even more.

Cheeks

CONTOUR, CONTOUR, CONTOUR! Using a greyish bronze shade (not a bronzer though!), contour your cheekbones, forehead, sides of the nose and under the jawline, making sure to blend thoroughly. Now going in with a bronzer, apply, with a much fluffier brush, to the cheeks, forehead and nose, avoiding the very tip. I would personally, in a very Kylie fashion, skip the blush for this look, to highlight your now FABULOUS bone structure.

From left to right: Clio Waterproof Pen Liner in Kill Black, Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium, Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Shame, Nars Bronzer in Laguna.

Brows

Nothing too complicated here, just fill in as per usual to get a full, well arched brow.

Eyes

As I said, Kylie seems to love her cat-eyes. Start with a wash of a yellow-toned matte shadow (lighter than your skin tone but not white). This will make the liner pop. Now with a pen-tip liquid liner, start off creating two identical lines flicking out from where your top and bottom lash lines meet at the outsides. Once you’re happy with those, make them into triangles, then continue right into the inner corners of your eyes. The actual wing in this look is quite thin and the usual liner across the lash line is a bit thicker. Finish with a pair of relatively natural false lashes and one or two coats of mascara on both the upper and lower lash lines.

Lips

Following the usual protocol for a dark lip, you’ll want to do a scrub and moisturize beforehand for smooth results. Using a currant-toned lip liner, trace the outer shape of your lips, then fill in completely once your content with the shape you’ve made. Using a lip brush, apply your lipstick as precisely as possible. Blot. And repeat with the lipstick.

And that’s all kids! Be sure to check out Kylie’s Instagram and Tumblr, they’re both surprisingly really good.

–Anna Raponi

ALL NATURAL (SORT OF)

OVER THE PAST YEAR, I’ve really become more conscious of the ingredients in products that I am putting on my face. Things like mineral oil, parabens and sulphates can all wreak havoc on the skin, not to mention all of the other chemicals.

However, making the transition to organic and all-natural skincare and makeup products is actually quite difficult.Natural formulations aren’t quite as advanced as synthetic products yet, but integrating a few new natural products into your routine is already a step in the right direction.

I’m really loving the natural skincare products that are out there right now. For my look, I started by cleansing with Weleda’s Almond Soothing Natural Cleansing Lotion and a hot wash cloth. This cleanser is super gentle, and great for sensitive skin. Then, to slough away any dry, flaky patches, I exfoliated with Province Apothecary’s Regenerating & Stimulating Exfoliator. I love this product because the oatmeal granules are gentle and you can mix it with different natural ingredients like honey (acne-prone skin) or yogurt (oily skin) depending on your skin type.

After a thorough cleanse, I sprayed on Province Apothecary’s Invigorating and Balancing Toner and finished with Aurelia’s Cell Revitalise Day Moisturizer. Aurelia’s moisturizer smells heavenly and has the power of probiotics.

Since this is all about natural products, I thought I would go for a natural look–so no foundation. Only a bit of concealer under the eyes (which I’ll admit–was the un-natural Lancome Effacernes), a smudge of eyeliner (also un-natural Clarins Khôl Eyeliner) and a swipe of mascara (again, the synthetic Clarins Be Long). But! I redeemed myself with my lips and cheeks. I prepped my pout with Province Apothecary’s Repairing & Conditioning balm, then applied RMS’s Lip2Cheek in Smile, which I used on both cheeks and lips for a healthy, peachy glow.

 

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INDUSTRIAL-STRENGTH BOLD BROWS

Just in case the hundreds of ‘Christmas Inspired Makeup!!!!’ tutorials (usually involving silver sparkles of some sort and/or red lipstick, gosh this is getting old) haven’t reminded you, it’s the holiday season and wether you like it or not, you will most likely be attending parties that will involve people expecting you to dress up and look cheery.
 
Now, I love Christmas. Usually I’m that annoying girl who get’s excited halfway through October and puts up the decor November 1st. But this year, I’m just not feelin’ it anymore. The shopping, these said ‘parties’, oh and the coincidental exams right around this time of year, it’s all too stressful and it’s lost its magic. What was I getting at here…oh yes, despite all this you still got to look bangin’. I mean, you’re gonna be seeing friends and family that you may not see very often. And while I’m sure there will be many posts coming giving you the 411 on a candy-cane pout and glitter (everywhere!!), I think it’s about time we went back to basics–bold brows that last. Who ever said that brows can’t be exciting!! I mean, how great does a perfect red lip look with just a little mascara and strong arched brows?
So I played around with the contents of my makeup collection, looking for the longest lasting, most effective and easiest to apply option. Eyeliner! Strong colour payoff, long wearing, and with this technique, you can’t really screw up. Pick a liner that is similarly coloured to your brow hair–taupe for blonde and redheads, brown for brunettes, and black or dark brown for black hair. Draw some onto the back of your hand, warming it up a little. Now dip your angled brush into the colour on the back of your hand, brushing it around to work off a little bit of the pigment and get in there! Avoid too much pigment at the very insides of your brows (you may end up with a near-unibrow), accentuate that arch, and maybe even extend the ends just a tad for some extra drama. Once you’re happy with your creation, spray some hairspray onto your spoolie, then brush your brows into place–I like brushing up, then outwards for my biggest brows). Now literally highlight your masterpieces with highlighter, right under the arches of your brows. When the light hits your face, the highlighter will make your arches appear just that bit higher and give your face more definition. They brows won’t budge and are party-ready (even if you aren’t).

–Anna Raponi

 

GET THE LOOK // YOUNG ANGELINA JOLIE

Angelina Jolie has been a beauty icon for two decades now–her high arched eyebrows, voluptuous lips and impeccable bone structure… ya, ugh. And while she is one of the most beautiful almost-fourty year olds I can think of, I’m sort of obsessed with young Angie, like 90’s Angie. Her look was simple, but never boring. The plummy shades she gravitated towards totally encompass the tonal look of the nineties (see; Bobbi Browns Teenage Beauty Book), and I think this look would be great on almost everyone.

Face
While I’m sure Angelina was blessed with naturally-flawless skin, if you need a little coverage, go for a natural finish foundation with medium coverage. The look is a little frosty, so make sure that your shade is spot on. If needed, do a little pin-point concealing (as Lisa Eldridge would say) with a concealer matched to your foundation shade. A little shadow under the eyes is totally acceptable, so finish off by setting everything with a translucent powder–this look has that ultra-matte porcelain doll finish.

Brows
Well, thank goodness we have moved past the super skinny brows of the 90’s (especially the tadpoles)! These are the high point of the look (I seriously crack myself up sometimes). Grab a pencil that’s around the same colour of your brows (though you can totally go a few shades darker), and start off by working on making the most of your natural arch. Ideally, you want to get it as high as possible without looking ridiculous, so you take it as far as you’d like. Fill in the rest of the brow, accentuating the ends just a tad downwards to really frame your eyes.

Eyes
Speaking of framing the eyes, Angie uses plummy tones to define her stunning emerald eyes. Start with a skin-toned matte shadow across the lid, then blend a sheer violet shade into your natural crease, being careful to keep the colour away from the lash line. With a black liquid liner, do a classic line starting right from the inner corner, thickening as you move outwards. Though not entirely necessary, finish off with a light layer of mascara.

Cheeks 
A berry pink powder blush will work great at both giving you a flush and a little contour–make a ‘3’ shape with your brush, from the apples of the cheeks up and around to the sides of the forehead, then down the jawline.

Hair
A wash with Bumble’s Surf Shampoo/ Conditioner combo with give enough texture to make this simple look more interesting. Once dried, straighten with a flat iron to get a super-sleek finish. Oh yah, don’t forget the Brad Pitt-esque middle part (once again, I should seriously do stand-up).

Now you just need to score a few badass movie roles and sport some very on-trend grunge pieces. She was/is the epitome of ‘cool girl’ if there ever was one.

–Anna Raponi

PART III, MY WEDDING MAKEUP // TUTORIAL


As you know by now, I did not only my own but also pretty much all of my bridesmaids’ makeup (with assistance from Anna, of course) on my wedding day. With practice, good products, and a good amount of time on your wedding day, I believe that any bride can take matters into their own hands when it comes to bridal makeup. Hiring a make up artist might not always work out for the best, and like I said before, no one will know your face better than you.

Step 1: Prep your face
You absolutely need to have a good foundation before you apply any makeup at all. Make sure that you give your face a good exfoliation either the morning of or the night before. I did the night before with Ren’s Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask.

Step 2: Prime
Apply a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer to your clean face before you begin. Then, I applied Benefit’s Porefessional to my nose, chin, forehead and cheeks to fill in any pores. Think of it as spackling your face to create a smooth surface (kinda gross, I know). Then apply a primer–I used Smashbox’s Photofinish Primer–for me this is ol’ reliable. I’ve used it multiple times, and it just works. Follow suit under the eyes with Smashbox’s Undereye Brightening Primer, and on the lids with Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer.

This might seem like a ridiculous amount of products, but primers are essential. They will adhere the makeup to your face, making it last longer and prevent creasing in the eyelids and in any fine lines.

Foundation
Since I have freckles, it was actually quite hard for me to find a great foundation that matched. Too light, and it enhanced my pale complexion in a bad way and I came out looking dead. Too tan, and I got severe foundation jawline. As I’ve mentioned before, I finally found Diorshow Airflash, and fell in love. No SPF, so no flashblack, and buildable coverage with an ever-so-slight pearlescent finish to hide any imperfections and give a nice glow. Spray the foundation on to a foundation brush and apply to your whole face, making downward strokes. Be sure to blend the jawline.

Concealer
I wasn’t sure if I was going to cry or not at the ceremony, but I decided to play it safe with a waterproof undereye concealer, Lancome’s Effacernes. Great consistency and coverage. Apply this under the eyes and in the inner corners of the eyes.
For any facial imperfections, I applied Cle de Peau’s concealer with a brush to pimples and the sides of my nose to cover any redness.

Lock it in–Step 1
Generously powder your face with Vichy’s Dermablend Powder. This powder is a miracle worker–sweat-proof, shine-proof, rubbing-proof–your makeup won’t be going anywhere. Apply tons of this to your face, let it soak in for 2 minutes, then brush off the excess.

Contour
Apply Nars’ Laguna bronzer with a fluffy brush at the top of your face, tracing down the perimeter of your face, down your cheekbones, and then tracing down your jawline (it will look like you are drawing a big “3”). Also apply down the bridge of your nose and on your chin. Make sure you blend this in well. Nobody wants to see where you’ve actually applied this step. You just want to give a bit of definition and glow to your face. It will also make your face look smaller.

Brows
I don’t care who you are, eyebrows are crucial to the architecture of the face, so they need to be strong and well-defined so that they show up on camera. I filled mine in with Lancome’s Eyebrow Pencil. This pencil is foolproof–I just colour it on where I need it and brush it through with the handy spoolie attached to the end. Pick a pencil that is a shade lighter than your hair colour for a natural-looking brow.

Blush
For my engagement photo shoot, I applied both a cream and a powder blush for a long-lasting flush. However, I didn’t apply enough. I really wanted a rosy-pink glow to my face, so apply more than you think–you might feel silly, but if you want it to show up, put more on. I first applied MAC’s creme blush in So Sweet, So Easy for a good base, then I layered over Nars’ Orgasm blush. Orgasm is a shade I wear in everyday life, and gives a great bridal flush. It has little pieces of gold flecks, so it will give you a pretty glow as well.

Eyes
For my eye makeup, I applied Urban Decay’s Virgin (in the Naked Palette) all over the lid, Toasted on my eyelids, and Buck in the crease and lightly following my lower lash line. Then, I traced along my tightline with Sephora’s Waterproof Eyeliner in brown, and ever-so-lightly along my lower lashline for added definition. I then curled my eyelashes, lined my upper lid (with a thicker line than normal) with Smashbox’s Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Brown and applied Lancome Definicils Mascara.

Lock it in–Step 2
Spray your face a few times with Urban Decay’s All Nighter to set your makeup.

Eyelashes
Kirsten, my maid of honour, applied all of our fake eyelashes (I knew that I wasn’t going to have time, and she is a cheerleader, so she really is a pro at applying fakies). I chose a more dramatic set of Ardell’s lashes than usual to really make my eyes pop. Make sure you get a waterproof eyelash glue!

Lips
I was going for a pink, glowy, blushing bride look, so I opted for a slightly brighter lipstick than usual. It showed up on camera really well and perfectly matched my flowers.
You are going to be kissing people all day long, so you can’t afford to have a lip that fades. I applied Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage concealer to my lips (make sure that you wipe off any excess lip balm first), then I filled in my lips Chanel’s lipliner in Fuschia, and then followed up with one coat of Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Paradis (the Rouge Coco formula is my favourite for lipstick), straight from the tube. Blot, with one layer of Kleenex. Then I sprinkled and brushed some translucent powder (the Laura Mercier from the undercover pot). Apply one more coat of lipstick, and bring it with you for touch ups. I chose not to finish with a gloss because it can look like you ate some goop in photos.

Anything I would have done differently:
The only thing that I would have maybe done differently is take a moment during my reception to apply some blotting powder to my nose. I was having so much fun that it did not even occur to me that I might be shiny after about 5 hours wearing a 10-pound wedding dress in July. But, the day goes so quickly that there is no need to even worry yourself about that. Having fun is the priority.

All the products I used:

Benefit Porefessional
Smashbox Photofinish Primer
Smashbox Undereye Primer
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer
Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Lipstick in Paradis
Chanel Lipliner in
Cle de Peau Concealer
Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Undereye concealer
Vichy Dermablend Powder
Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray
Sephora Waterproof Eyeliner
Smashbox Eyeliner
Ardell Eyelashes
DUO Eyelash Glue
Lancome Definicils Waterproof Mascara
Nars Blush in Orgasm
Nars Bronzer in Laguna
Dior Diorflash Airbrush Foundation
Lancome Eyebrow Pencil

P.S. My bridesmaids all still loved me even after I was bossy with them.

GET THE LOOK // HALLOWEEN: CLEOPATRA




It’s that time of year again! It getting chilly (albeit faster than we all expected), the leaves are turning orange and falling (and I can’t help but feel super ‘white teenage girl’, but I love love love crunching through the leaves when I walk home), and Halloween is just around the corner. And while it’s practically my dream come true to put on a ton of makeup and dress up like someone (or something) completely crazy, this holiday can get expensive before you know it–between buying each piece of your costume here and there and getting all those crazy (and usually super unwearble) shades that you don’t have in your makeup bag. But fear not– I have found the perfect solution, minimum technique required. Cleopatra guys! She’s an iconic female figure in history and, I mean, who wouldn’t want to be this beautiful Egyptian ruler for a day? She’s got that sunkissed skin and the gorgeous jet black hair that we’d all like to try out. 
 
You can recreate her typical kohl-heavy, bronze look for the most part with makeup that you use everyday. If you don’t naturally have very dark brown or black brows, fill them in with a matte shadow that is far too dark for you. I have no doubt that you will scare yourself in the mirror the first time, but worry not. Really thicken them up and accentuate your arch so that it comes just a bit higher than normal and extended outwards just a little longer. 

Now, this is the only product that I can’t guarantee that you’ll have hanging around, but let’s be honest, you’ve probably come along a blue eyeshadow as a sample/gift with purchase/gift/you name it. If not, you can just apply some bronzer to your crease for some definition. If you’ve got a bold blue shade on hand, apply liberally to the lid and into the crease– if it’s not coming on strong enough, use a primer first or dampen your brush. While it should be strong and over the top, blend the edges to keep it glamorous and not tacky.
 
Onto the skin now–I chose to do this in a weird order just in case you have any eyeshadow fallout. This way you can clean it off at this stage with your handy-dandy makeup remover of choice (mine’s Bioderma) and start with a clean canvas. 

Apply your preferable skin perfecting product, be it a tinted moisturizer, foundation or BB cream. Conceal if necessary (we want to have a near flawless look here), then powder all over, especially if you’re heading to a party or school dance (sweaty pictures to remember how much work you put into your costume are just the greatest, huh?). Grab your bronzer and apply in the three shape– outer sides of the forehead, guiding the brush behind the brows and along the cheek bones, then back near the ears and onto the jawline. You may need to apply a bit more than usual to get the honey-skin Cleopatra is famous for–I also did a swipe over my nose and chin to mask my ghostly late-October complexion. Brush a bit onto your neck and collar bones if your costume will be exposing them. 
 
Now this is the part that takes the most focus and time, so bear with me. Do your regular stripe of black liner (liquid or gel is sorta necessary for this one) along the upper lash line, thickening the line quite a bit towards the outside. Now imagine a line connecting the outer corner of your eye to the very end of your brow. Now with your liner, go in for it. Once you’ve got the basic line established, you want to add another line that stems out halfway from the original, just to thicken out the outsides and make a triangular shape at the ends. Fill it in and smoothly connect this addition to the basic line on your eyes. Curl those lashes big-time, then apply a good two coats of mascara. If you’ve got some falsies, glue those on to add some major drama. 
 
Finally onto the lips. I have an easy peasy do-it-yourself nude lip for those who don’t have a flesh-toned lipstick lying around. Apply a light coloured lipgloss (clear, nude, pink, anything subtle really), then dab some concealer onto your sticky lips. Smack a few times to disperse the colour and ta-da!
 
My black wig was only $17 and was sort of essential to my look considering I have semi-light brown hair. Sift through your wardrobe for anything white and drapey and accesorize with anything and everything gold, I mean it! I wanted a head piece, so my mum and I dug through her old costume jewelry and found an old necklace that I pinned to my wig. With a little bit of creativity and a lot of patience, Halloween is a breeze. Happy trick-or-treating!
 
Anna Raponi

THE BEAUTY SECRETS OF THE PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

Amanda’s new guilty pleasure/obsession (and many other girls’ longtime favourite show), Pretty Little Liars, stars four teenage girls that always look worried, but have a beautiful flawless look with glowing skin. We asked the makeup artist of every girl’s secret/not-so-secret favourite show, Cynthia Miguens, her tips and tricks for getting the girls looking fresh and flawless for every episode.

Cindy Miguens, Make Up Artist, Pretty Little Liars

What are some of your go-to products that you love and use on all the girls? Some of the go-to products we use on all the girls, would be: Skyn Iceland Eye Patches, MaskerAide Face Masks, Ardell Lashes, Yonka Makeup Remover, Shu Uemura Lash Curler, Benefit Eye Primer and Tarte BB Creams.

Aria

What products do you use/ how do you make Aria’s eyes look so bright? Love using greens, purples, and brown eye shadows on her lids ( Stila, Tarte, Urban Decay). Black liner ( 24/7 Urban Decay) on her water line top and corner bottom. Lots of Mascara (Diorshow) and Ardell lashes.

Aria usually sports a punky look, how do you achieve this look, particularly on the eyes, while keeping it feminine and school appropriate?

Black liner is usually the key!

Emily
Emily’s skin always looks so glowing and flawless. How do you create this?

Try Jouer Matte Tinted Moisturizer. It has great coverage, creating flawless looking skin.

How do you create the looks for each character, making them suit each character?

Creating looks for each character usually depends on the roles they are playing. The producers, writers, and director, have meetings with me and the head of the hair department, before each episode. We go over the script, scene by scene, discuss the characters, what is happening during each scene, and some looks they would like to see. For instance, Hanna is reading late in bed in her pj’s, so she’ll have a no makeup, makeup look.

Hanna
What recommendations do you have for makeup for teens?

My recommendation would be to keep a good regimen, by eating healthy, keep hydrated, wash your makeup off at night, try to get cosmetics with the least amount of chemicals, wear sun block, don’t smoke, don’t do drugs, and avoid alcohol, it makes you age faster. Try tinted moisturizers/BB creams, cream blushes and tinted lip balms, for a healthy glow.

Spencer
How do you prep and prime the girls’ skin to look great in front of the cameras?

We give makeup touch ups before each scene and last looks on the girls before each shot.Touch ups usually means, looking at the girls and seeing what needs to be done. For instance, maybe they were resting in there dressing rooms, and their liner wore off, then we add liner. Last looks, usually means one final look at the cast to see if they look perfect, before camera rolls. Maybe a last minute powder or use of blotting papers, just to cut down on any shine. Do trends affect how the girls have they’re makeup? Or does it stay fairly signature and consistent?   We have to follow continuity of the script, but I feel we keep trends in mind, and try to set our own. Our cast are trendsetters, for sure!