Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Video Quick Tip #60 - October 26, 2010

Is there anyone out there that doesn't want to look hot n' sexy this Halloween?? We didn't think so!

In this week's Quick Tip, Brett takes blond-haired, fair-skinned Aynsley Bubbico from Greek
and turns her into exotic Hollywood siren Kim Kardashian.

The key steps to the Kim K. look are smokey eyes, a bold brow and nude lips. Here's the breakdown:
  • Bronze up! Bronze your body and decollete with a body bronzing spray like Vanitymark Summerskin. For your face, use a tan foundation like Lorac Natural Performance in #7.
  • Highlight the eyes and lift the cheekbones! Lighten the whole eye area with a concealer like Cle de Peau Concealer in Beige. Use a brush and place under the eye and out towards the temple, and above the brow area to pop out the cheekbone.
  • Add contours to the cheeks with a darker foundation - try MAC NC45 Full Coverage and brush on a straight line from the temple under the cheekbone towards the apple and blend down. Exaggerate it - it'll be nighttime!
  • Add contours to the eyes - apply MAC Cork into the crease of the eye and towards the inner eyebrow. Take a thin, tight brush and apply MAC Print directly into the crease of the lid and extend out to mimic an almond eye shape. Also apply close to the upper and lower lashline. Build out the Paint shade to give a nice, dark contour to the lid.
  • Fake a strong brow with a dark brown brow pencil like Vanitymark's Dark Choco and move your arch up and back by drawing on top of the natural brow line and extending out to copy Miz Kardashian's arches. Square off the inside edge of the brow for a strong and clean look.
  • Warm up with pink! Kim loves pink - use any sherbert pink shade of blush and go over the Cork shadow and along the cheek contours. Add interest to the eye area by placing a card or straight-edge next to the eye and patting on the pink blush from the outer corner of the eye to the temple.
  • Line the eyes with a soft and dark black pencil like MAC Smolder. Sculpt out the eye shape by rimming the inside and outside of the lashline. Stick super close to the lashline and trace the line from the inner corner all the way out. Keep the line on the upper and lower lashes really tight and crisp.
  • Add a shimmery shadow like MAC Idol Eyes to the lower lid with a wet brush across from the tear duct to the outer edge. Dries to a great finish!
  • Add lash falsies - it's Halloween so go big or go home! Buy spikey picket fence-style lashes to really stand out. After applying, add lots of mascara, like L'Oreal Voluminous in Carbon.
  • Highlight cheeks with an irridescent shade like Benefit Girl Meets Pearl. Just dab on the apples of the cheeks for a beautiful glow.
  • Kim loves a nude lip like MAC Brew. Use the shade all over the lip and then top with gloss.
Finish with a dark haired wig and a curve-hugging dress - now you're good to go! Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Video Quick Tip #59 - October 5, 2010

Ever heard of Conor Leslie? You may not have yet, but she's definitely one to watch out for on the Hollywood scene!

This week Brett met with Conor for a photoshoot, and he taught her how to do a modern smokey eye using neutral shades. This is a great tip for those in the teen age bracket, or for those who don't like dark shades on their eyes.

For this diffused, natural smokey eye, you need a tight eyeshadow brush, MAC Teddy eye pencil and 3 MAC eyeshadows:
  • Cork - a muted golden brown
  • Honeylust - a bronze-dipped peach
  • Nylon - a pale gold with icy shimmer
- Take Cork, the darkest shade and create a "fishtail" shape around the eye. Create a sideways V from the crease of the lid above the iris of the eye to the outer corner of the eye and back along the top lashline to above the iris. Nodge out the color at the outer corner of the eye (creating the fishtail shape) and line the lower lash line as well.

- Wet your brush or add a drop of water to your Honeylust shadow and apply straight across the lid from the tearduct to the end, filling in the entire lower half of the lid to the crease. Once this shimmery shadow dries, it will look like a cream shadow, but with more staying power!

- Add Nylon to the inner tearduct and right under the brow bone - bring it to meet the Cork shade at the crease. Also apply overtop of the Cork on the lower lashline and a little bit over the Honeylust on the upper lashline.

- And for the finishing touch - take the MAC Teddy eye pencil and line the inside of the eyelid on the top and bottom lashline.

And that's it - a modern, dressed up eye without a ton of color!