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VALENTINE’S LOOK // PEACHY ROMANCE

While I’ve got nothing against a good red or pink lip, I think it’s just so overdone for Valentine’s Day. Kind of stumped for a fresh look for V-Day, I decided that a smudgier, smokier look was way sexier than super precise liner and lips (no guy likes seeing a bunch of makeup on a girl). And instead of going for your usual rose and red shades, peach seemed like the perfect compliment to a smokey eye. I guess the idea was a ‘I slept in my makeup but I still look amazing’ type of thing, and here’s how I did it:
Obviously every look looks best with even skin—I used a medium coverage foundation alongside a creamy concealer to hide any blotchiness and spots. Using a creamy, yellow-toned highlighter and my foundation brush, I added some sheen to the tops of my cheekbones, bridge of the nose and eye lids. Finally, to set everything in place, I applied a translucent powder to my entire face.
Some visual inspiration: Beyoncé (obviously) and Arizona.

 

To bring the warmth back to my face, I used bronzer along my cheekbones, forehead, nose and chin and used a peachy-pink blush on the apples of my cheeks. Using a mix of the bronzer and blush, I applied with a fluffy brush to the creases of my eyes for some definition.
Along my upper, outer lash lines, I applied a matte black shadow with an angle brush, then blended out with my fingers. Continue adding shadow and blending until you get enough definition. I finished with a few coats of mascara to my upper lashes.
Finally for the lips, I dabbed on a soft coral shade with my fingers— no precision or technique here, just a stain.

And voila! A soft, simple look that while doesn’t look like a ton of makeup, brings warmth and dimension to your face and definition to the eyes.

–Anna Raponi

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GET THE LOOK // JENNIFER LAWRENCE, VOGUE

I love Jennifer Lawrence–she’s just so blunt and super talented. I was pretty psyched when I saw via Instagram that she had cut her hair to a shoulder-grazing length, very similar to my haircut (pft). And when I saw her beautiful shots for the September issue of Vogue this year, I was totally taken aback by the retro look she was channeling. I love it. So, naturally, I wanted to figure out how to do it (no dogs and flowers included, unfortunately).
Makeup 
Face: Jen (we’re on a first-name basis now) sports a very nude, healthy looking, matte complexion in the spread. If you’re feeling extra special, slather on a pore-filling primer pre-foundation (though not recommended for daily use, it made me break out). Now, your foundation will glide on like butta, so do your whole face and blend well. Jennifer’s face doesn’t look too made up, but she does look luminous. Apply a light-reflecting concealer pen under your eyes to wake you up and on the tops on the cheekbones. Using a medium to full coverage concealer, dab on only where you absolutely need– blemishes, spots, veins, etc. Now I’d give a one over of your face, be it with your fingers or a soft buffing brush, just to make sure everything is blended well. Finish with a translucent powder, applying only to the T-zone to avoid and overly powdered face.
Brows: I wouldn’t touch your brows if you don’t have to. Maybe just a brush through with a spoolie, and fill in any spaces.
Eyes: These are what drew me to her look. She has quite a bit of makeup on her eyes, but it’s not the first thing you notice. I love it. Start by applying a taupe-y cream shadow all over the lid, to create a solid base tone. Now, using a dark brown, semi-matte shadow, make a V-shape (ie. this), pulling it out at the outer corners and blending into the natural crease. Line both the upper and lower lash lines (not to be confused with the waterline) with a matte black pencil, not being too precise. Remember, it’s not a graphic look, it’s meant to be soft. Curl your lashes and swipe on some black volumizing mascara, getting both the upper and lower lashes. Now you’ve got some va-va-voom eyes.
From left to right: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit, Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Mahogany, Yves Saint Laurent Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain in Reckless Pink.

Cheeks: Katniss is sporting some seriously on-trend bronzer-as-blush cheeks. Get the look with a powder bronzer, however go for a product with pink-y tones as well, it will look more natural.
Lips: Lawrence sports a nude pout throughout the spread. Hourglass just came out with a great line of only nude lipstick crayons, so it’s a breeze finding your ideal shade. Smack on some of that along with a pinky-nude gloss and you’re out the door.
Hair

Using your hands, comb through your freshly washed, wet hair with both a thickening mousse and a nourishing oil. Blow out with a big round brush (2′ is probably preferable), making loose waves. If you’ve got the knack for it, curl the pieces so that they come towards your face, if you know what I mean. Once dried, comb through with your hands and voila.

Anna Raponi