Get The Look : Elizabeth Banks at the NYC Premiere of Catching Fire


hair: Matthew Monzon  /  stylist: Wendi & Nicole

hair: Matthew Monzon  /  stylist: Wendi & Nicole

The New York premiere was Elizabeth's final stop on the whirlwind Catching Fire press tour.  She had been wearing some insanely beautiful dresses and ended it on high note with this Jenny Peckham strapless number.  Honestly, when I saw all of the clothes that she was going to wear on the press tour, this is one of the ones I was the most excited about.  It's so chic and effortlessly cool.  I would totally wear this somewhere. 

hair: Matthew Monzon  /  stylist: Wendi & Nicole

hair: Matthew Monzon  /  stylist: Wendi & Nicole

With an outfit like this, you just want to look like the cool girl who turns up looking amazing, and is just like..."What?  Oh, this?  Yeah, I just thew this on....No big deal".  And for me that look is about flawless skin, a killer brow, mascara and a wicked lip.  No fussy pink cheek, no smokey eye, no gloss in sight.  Nothing girly or trying too hard. It just needs to look like you whacked on some mascara and a lip and walked out the door, but perfected.

I moisturized, applied the foundation and concealer, a touch of luminizer and then set it with a light dusting of powder.  I used a soft blush along her cheekbones, a bit behind the apples of the cheeks, for a more sophisticated blush.  A little shadow on the lid for a hint of definition and the lightest dusting of it under the lower lashes just to open the eyes up a bit before applying 3 coats of mascara on the top.  A very light swipe of a light brown mascara on the bottom lashes added a little pop to the eyes but didn't weigh things down.  And then a generous application of an orangey lip color, blotted to take down the shine and give a more velvet texture, finished off the look.

Moisturizer:

Yonka Pamplemousse

Foundation:

YSL Le Tient Eclat # BR30

Concealer:

Hourglass Corrective Concealer in Natural

Highlighter:

mark. That's Brilliant Face & Eye Luminizer

Powder:

Laura Mercier Loose Powder in Translucent

Blush:

mark. Just Blushing in Lovespell

Brows:

Anastasia Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde

Eyeshadow:

mark. I-mark. Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Biscotti, Sugar Sugar & Pewter

Mascara:

mark. Scanda-Lash in Blacklash

Lips:

Tom Ford Lipstick in Wild Ginger

Get the Look: Elizabeth Banks at the Los Angeles Catching Fire Premiere



hair: Adir Abergel  /  stylists: Wendi & Nicole  /  dress: Versace

Elizabeth's Verace dress for the LA premiere of Catching Fire was a total show stopper.  The first thing that ran through my mind was "90's supermodel".......I was thinking clean "nude" makeup, a sculpted face and the focus on the eyes.  Often I do Elizabeth's brows dark and strong, but they were bleached when we did the premiere (she was in the middle of filming Mocking Jay, the next installment of the Hunger games movies) so I went with the lighter color and just defined the shape.  I like that they were still sculpted, but just in a lighter shade.  They had a presence, but weren't overpowering.

For the eyes, I used soft nude/neutral shades and then black liner very tight to the lashes.  Under the eyes I used a bit of brown shadow very softly diffused so that it gave the area a hint of darkness but so that it didn't look like eyeshadow, more like it was a shadow created from her lashes.  I popped a bit of a light colored cream shadow onto the lids to catch the light when she blinked and then added heaps of mascara on the top and bottom.  I also used strip lashes on the top, as well as some amazing, subtle bottom strip lashes that I picked up in Japan.  I don't usually talk that much about the fake lashes I use in my breakdowns, I like to leave a little mystery.  But these lashes were truly integral to the look, especially the bottom strip, so I wanted to give them the credit they deserve!

To finish off the look I used a little bronzer to sculpt the face; one that was matte and one with a little shimmer to it.  I used the matte bronzer to sculpt and the one with sheen to add life to the cheeks.  A little apricot blush on top of that brings color, warmth and a natural flush to the face.  The warm nude lip doesn't make her mouth disappear all together, but it does keep the attention squarely on Elizabeth's blue eyes.



Moisturizer:
Yonka Pamplemousse

Foundation:
YSL Le Tient Touche Eclat #BR50

Powder:
mark. Set Things Right Loose Powder in Medium

Blush:
mark. Just Blushing Powder Blush in Cameo

Bronzer:
mark. Just Blushing Powder Blush in Darling
Jouer Matte Bronzer

Highlighter:
mark. That's Brilliant Face and Eye Luminizer

Brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Caramel

Eyeshadow:
mark. I-mark Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Fairy Dust & Tabac
mark. Touch and Glow All Over Shimmer Cream cube  (on lid)

Eyeliner:
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack

Mascara:
mark. Scanda-Lash Mascara in Blacklash

Lips: Hourglass Nude Lips #3



Get the Look: Jennifer Garner at the Dallas Buyers Club Premiere in Los Angeles


hair: Jenny Cho  /  stylist: Rachel Zoe

Sometimes I have to pinch myself.  I work with some of the most beautiful women in the world, women who are truly beautiful, inside and out.  I know Hollywood can produce some "difficult" people, but I (thank god) have never crossed their paths.  The women I work with are kind, funny, generous in spirit and heart, remarkably grounded and a true joy to be around.  There is no greater example of this than Jennifer Garner....she is so warm and funny and drop dead gorgeous.  I love to be around her and I love having the honor of doing her makeup.

For the Dallas Buyers Club premiere in Los Angeles,  Jennifer wore a deep navy Vionnet dress and wanted to keep the makeup a little "sporty".  The hair stylist, Jenny Cho, gave her full, soft hair with effortless waves so I went fairly light handed with the makeup.  Just a soft brown eye and a pretty cool pink lip, with a nice pink flush to the cheek.  Sometimes there's room on the red carpet for a full on look, and other times it's just about letting the person's natural beauty shine through.  I am partial to letting the woman make the statement, not the makeup.  When you work with such beautiful women, why overdo it?  

All products by Neutrogena

Foundation:
Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup in "Fresh Beige"

Concealer:
Healthy Skin Brightening Eye Perfecter in "Light"

Powder:
Healthy Skin Pressed Powder in "Light to Medium"

Highlighter:
Healthy Skin Blends in "Clean"

Blush:
Healthy Skin Blends in "Pure"

Eyeshadow:
Creaseproof Eyeshadow in "Constant Copper" and "Lasting Taupe"

Eyeliner:
Nourishing Eyeliner in "Cosmic Black" and "Spiced Chocolate"

Mascara:
Healthy Lengths in "Carbon Black"

Lips:
Moisture Lips in "Sweet Watermelon"


Jennifer Garner is the face of Neutrogena.

Get the Look : Elizabeth Banks at CinemaCon


hair: Campbell Mcauley  /  styling: Wendi & Nicole

Blue eyeshadow has a bad rap.  Immediately you think of a frosty blue 80's eye or the blue liner that your aunt wears that she hasn't updated in 30 years.  But when you use it right, it can be light and fresh and oh-so-pretty.

Elizabeth wore a simple black dress for CinemaCon, so I wanted to play a little with color to lighten it up a bit.  Navy liner and soft, metallic sea blue colors defined the eyes without screaming BLUE EYESHADOW.  The cheeks and lips were done with soft peachy/rose colors to compliment, not compete with, the eyes which made for a really pretty, wearable look.

The other key here is to use the color sparingly.  I kept the blue tight to the lash line, using bronzers and taupe colors on the rest of the lid to make the eyes look finished.  You don't have to use the same colors family all over the eyes....it's nice to mix it up and use neutrals with color so that the color isn't overwhelming.  I also mixed it up with the mascaras.  By using black on the top, but blue on the bottom, I was able to have the definition of a mascaraed lash, but without the bottom looking heavy.  I like to use a different color on the bottom lashes so it feels a little more airy and light.  It's a good trick, give it a whirl.

Foundation:
YSL Le Tient Touche Eclat BD40

Concealer:
mark. Super Conceal Concealer in "Medium"

Powder:
mark. Set Things Right Loose Powder in "Medium"

Blush:
Jouer "Peach Bouquet"

Brows:
Anastasia Brow Wiz in "Medium Ash"

Eyes:
mark. On The Dot "Smokey" Eyeshadow Palette
Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Color Stick in "Sapphire"

Mascara:
Lancome Virtuose in "Black"
YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils in "Deep Night"

Lips:
mark. Make It Rich Lip Crayon in "Punch"



Get the Look : Alice Eve at Star Trek DVD Launch


Last spring I had the amazing opportunity to tour the world doing the Star Trek: Into Darkness press tour with British actress Alice Eve.  We went to Moscow, Berlin, London, Mexico City, San Francisco and Seattle, glamming up the red carpet and blowing trekkies minds for 3 weeks.  This past week, with the DVD launch of the movie, we did our last red carpet to promote the film.  You really bond with people when you work so intensely together for extended periods of time, and I'll really miss seeing Alice so much.


Alice really likes to play with makeup.  For this last red carpet look she wanted to do something bold.  I was pulling out a bunch of lip colors and she saw a purple lipstick on the table and said, "What about that one?"  Normally I would save a lip color like this for a magazine shoot, where there is a story and an environment to play with.  But when Alice said let's try it, I was really excited.  Usually people want to play it pretty safe on the red carpet, so it was nice to do something that was bold.  That said, the rest of the makeup is really soft and pretty...it's not like we went crazy or anything.  Plus Alice is so classically beautiful, that it works.  And it almost has a modern retro feeling with the hair.

We had actually had a different dress picked out when we started and the hair was going to be different, but things happen when you get ready and the other dress didn't work, so we had to make some last minute adjustments and it all fell together beautifully.

Foundation:
YSL Le Tient Touche Eclat in Beige Dore 40

Concealer:
Armani High Precision Retouch in Warm Sand

Highlighter:
mark. That's Brilliant Luminizer

Powder:
mark. Set Things Right Loose Powder in Medium

Blush:
mark. Just Blushing Powder Blush in Afterglow

Brows:
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette

Eyes:
NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Divine

Mascara:
mark. Scanda-Lash Go To Mascara in Blackest Black

Lips:
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Strumpet and Hoochie
MAC lip pencil in Magenta (as lipstick)


hair: Campbell Mcauley

Get the Look: Lucy Hale at the 10th Anniversay mark. Cosmetics Party

hair: DJ Quintero  /  stylist: Penny Lovell

Right after the Teen Choice Awards, Lucy and I flew to New York City to celebrate with mark. cosmetics, who were having their 10th birthday party at the Trump Soho.  There were 100+ people in attendance to help celebrate! We wanted a really festive party look so we went with red lips and black liquid liner with a kitten flick, the perfect recipe for party makeup.  It looked adorable with her messy ponytail and cute frock.....

I went through all of my usual steps.... prepping the skin, evening out the skin tone with foundation and concealer, grooming the brows etc.  I set the skin with a dusting of loose powder and applied a peachy blush to the apples of Lucy's cheeks.  For her eyes, I wanted there to be definition, but I also wanted to keep the focus on her red lips so I used a very very light dusting of a matte brown from the lash line up to the crease, making sure that it was more concentrated at the lash line.  Next I used a shimmery taupe shadow from the lash line up just past the crease, blending it into the skin so there's no line of demarkation.  I lined the inside of Lucy's eyes with a black long wearing liner, top and bottom, and then used a liquid liner along the top lashes.  I used mascara on the top and bottom, but only a light coat on the lower lashes as I wanted to accentuate the flirty cat eye.

For the lips I used a red lip crayon.  I wanted it to be a bit more on the matte side so I took a fluffy eyeshadow brush and gently patted some translucent loose powder on the lips.  I always feel more confident sending a client down the red carpet with a matte bold color on the lips.... that last thing you want is a red lip mishap, which is much more likely to happen with a more emollient formula.  Plus I just think matte looks young and cool.

Foundation:
mark. Got the Goods Foundation in Medium

Concealer:
mark. Save the Day in Medium

Highlighter:
mark. That's Brilliant 

Powder:
Laura Mercier Loose Powder in Translucent

Blush:
mark. Just Blushing in Afterglow

Brows:
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette

Eyes:
mark. I-mark. Wet/Dry Eyeshadow in Minx and Tabac
mark. Get in Line Waterproof Liquid Liner in Painted Black
mark. No Place to Run pencil in Jet Set

Mascara:
mark. Scanda-Lash ins Blackest Black

Lips:
mark. Make it Rich Lip Crayon in Hot Sauce


Get the Look: Lucy Hale at the Teen Choice Awards


Hair: Scott Cuhna   /   Styling: Penny Lovell

Lucy Hale was the presenter for the Teen Choice Awards last Sunday and I had the extreme pleasure of getting to do her makeup for the red carpet and for the show.  Lucy and I met a few months ago on a shoot for mark. cosmetics and we have been working together ever since.  I love her face.... she has such great features and she can really wear a bit of makeup without it looking like it's too much.  Not everyone can pull off an eye and a lip at the same time, but Lucy really can.

That said, for the red carpet we really focused on eyes.  Daytime red carpets are tricky because they really wash the person out.  For instance, this was a smokier eye than it shows here and the lip was a baby pink, not the pale nude pink that you see here (and her dress was a pale mint green...get the picture?).  So I'm going to give the breakdown as I did it.  The only noticable difference is that there was more shadow on the eyes.

After my usual skin prep, a did a light application of foundation and concealer to even out her skin tone and used a little peachy blush on the apples of her cheeks.  A bit of highlighter applied to the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose added life and light to the face.

Lucy's brows are perfect.  I love them so much.  I just use a tiny bit of pencil to finish of the shape, but it's really gilding the lily.  They are so good.  Hurray for bold brows!  

For the eyes I used Minx shadow, a beautiful shimmery mink color, over the lid up past the crease and swept it softly under the lower lid.  I blended it out into a soft ring around the eyes that just looked like natural shading.  Then I used Moss over the Minx, but kept it closer to the lashes.  This just gives a little more definition to the eyes, and the soft green shadow picked up the green in Lucy's eyes. The next step was to push Tabac shadow into the lash line for more depth. To complete the look for the eyes, I used a black pencil on the top lash line, and on the outer corner of the lower lashes as well as in the waterline, followed by black liquid liner smudged into the lash line. I kind of smushed it into the lashes....It isn't a hard line, the liquid liner just makes the black very rich and dark.  Mascara on the top and bottom opened up the eyes. Always always always lots of mascara.

We went with a soft pink on the lips that was a really pretty baby pink color. Like I said, you can't really see it here, so you'll have to take my work for it!

Hope you liked the look.  Keep reading to see the products I used and the lip changes I did during the show.....

Moisturizer:
Yonka Pamplemousse

Foundation:
mark. Got the Goods in Medium

Concealer:
mark. Save the Day in Medium

Highlighter: 
Hourglass Ambient Light in Dim

Powder:
mark. Set Things Right Loose Powder in Medium

Blush:
mark. Just Blushing in Charmed

Brows:
Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette

Eyes:
mark. I-mark. Wet/Dry Shadow in Moss, Minx and Tabac
mark. No Place to Run pencil liner in Jet Black
mark. Get in Line liquid liner in Painted Black

Mascara:
mark. Scanda-lash Go To mascara in Blackest Black

Lips:
mark. Lipclick One Click Lipstick in Cupid

Body:
Prtty Peaushun in Medium

Lucy had a few wardrobe changes for the show so we quickly did hair and makeup changes backstage.  I really focused on just changing the lips as time was very tight.  And we all know a new lip color can make everything feel different.  Lipstick does a lot of heavy lifting!

For the opening of the show we went with a bright coral lipstick to play with the pale blue of her dress and her bright orange heels.  The color really popped on stage and looked beachy/sexy which went well with the theme of the Teen Choice Awards show.

Lips:
mark. Lipclick in Coral Fixation
For her next change I went with a warm rosy pink with a bit of sheen to it.  It caught the light beautifully and love how it picked up some of the rosy tones in the dress.

Lips:
mark. Lipclick in Baby Luv



Get the Look: Elizabeth Olsen at ComicCon


ComicCon is a crazy place, full of costumes and characters and movie stars.  A vortex of eye candy.  Truly, the people watching is unparalleled and I love going every year.  Plus it's like a convention of all of the hair and makeup people in Los Angeles, who have all descended on San Diego to beautify the actors and actresses there to promote their movies.  I see all of my favorite people all in one day, in the same place.  It's so fun.

For the last five years, I have been there with Nikki Reed who was promoting the Twilight movies, but this year I went with the drop dead gorgeous and insanely talented Elizabeth Olsen, who was there to talk about her movie that comes out next year..... Godzilla!  (I am so excited about this project...it sounds awesome).

Elizabeth is a true natural beauty.  Her skin is flawless, her eyes a crisp blue-green, and bone structure to die for.  She wanted really easy, effortless paired down makeup so we went with the basics; a touch of tinted moisturizer, cream blush, a very light dusting of bronzer, the subtlest sweep of bronze shadow at the lash line, mascara, and a lip tint.  Done and done.  I think she looked amazing and it was refreshing to do so little and let her features really shine through.  


Moisturizer:
Yonka Pamplemousse Moisturizer

Foundation:
Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in "Bronze"

Concealer:
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in "Medium"

Luminizer:
mark. That's Brilliant Face & Eye Luminizer

Powder:
mark. Set Things Right Loose Powder in "Medium"

Blush:
mark. Just Pinched Instant Blush Tint in "Spicy"

Bronzer:
Chanel Les Beiges #50

Brows:
Anastasia Brow Wiz in "Medium Ash"

Eyes:
NARS Eyeshadow in "California" 

Mascara:
mark. Scandalash in "Black"

Lips:
mark. Just Pinched Instant blush Tint in "Nude"