Happy December, Lovelies! It's hard to believe that it's already the end of the year and the holiday shopping season is in full swing. We're willing to bet that you have a mile-long list of friends and family to shop for as well as a full social schedule. Well, that's where we come in. Not only can we get you gorgeous for all of your holiday soirees, we can also knock some serious shopping off your list with our Blushington Holiday Gift Sets. These beauty bundles, available at our West Hollywood shop, make fabulous hostess gifts and stocking stuffers, and each one is filled with the latest goodies from our killer brands: Stila, Julie Hewett, Kevyn Aucoin, and Becca, as well as our very own Blushington Blending Sponge (an absolute must-have!). And at 30% off the full retail price, these gifts will leave a little cash left over for that New Year's trip you've been planning.
There were lots of gorgeous (and outrageous) makeup looks at this year's American Music Awards. We were definitely digging the natural look on Sunday night: Jennifer Lopez looked pretty in soft pink lipstick, and Taylor Swift was fresh-faced in just a sweep of peachy blush and false lashes for days. (Get lashes like Taylor's.) Selena Gomez channeled Old Hollywood glamour with a bold cat eye, and Heidi Klum rocked our seasonal trend look, the wintery smoky eye, that complemented her silver laser-cut dress smashingly.
Who gets your vote for best beauty look of the night?
Meet Emma Willis, our head makeup artist!
HOMETOWN: London, England. Now...West Hollywood!
FIRST MAKEUP MEMORY: Adding way too much blush and lippy to my 4 sisters when we put on shows for the family many moons ago....ahhh, good memories!
FAVE BLUSHINGTON LOOK: A mix between Pure & Simple and Simply Glowing
WHAT'S IN MY MAKEUP BAG: Nivea moisturizer for nighttime, but day to day I use Embryolisse. It leaves a light veil of moisture and sits perfectly under makeup! Becca's Loose Powder in Mocha - I only dust really shiny areas, since dewy skin is always best! Julie Hewett creamy OMIT 1 and 2 concealers. (I mix them together or wear alone, depending on my skin colour and condition.) Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Blush in Patrice for rosy cheeks, and Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara. I mix my own lippy - Elizabeth Arden Eight hour Cream with a small bit of Illamasqua's Intense Lipgloss in Follow. When those are mixed together, it gives me that just-pinched lip look I can't live without!
IN HEAVY ROTATION ON MY iPOD: Paulo Nutini, The Script, Kings of Leon, James Morrison, UB40 and the Dirty Dancing sound track!
3 THINGS I COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT: My hubby Graham and our kids, Rocky & Narla.....well, they're actually cats, but it's like having children with those two!
1 THING NONE OF MY CO-WORKERS KNOW ABOUT ME: White feathers tend to follow me around, so I designed a tattoo of a feather with the script, "Angels of Grace Defend Us" (from Hamlet) and "Aim High and Stand Strong," which is my own little motto in life, on either side of it. The tattoo is on the back of my neck.
BEAUTY MOTTO: Smile
FAVE LA HAUNT: The garden at Chateau Marmont
RECEIPE FOR DE-STRESSING: Hiking up Runyon Canyon with my best buddies in the sun! And remembering what my Dad says often when he's had one too many: "Will it matter in 100 years time?" That always makes me smile!
Every season we feature a wearable look straight from the runways, and for Fall 2011 we were inspired by the catwalks of Chanel, Fendi and Badgely Mischka. This look is a wintery update on the classic smoky eye that incorporates metallic shades of silver, grey and white rather than standard black, brown and bronze hues.
To recreate this look, start by brushing a small amount of shimmery white shadow from lash line to brow. (Our pick: Stila Eyeshadow in Moonlight.) Next, apply a silvery grey shadow, such as Twilight by Stila, to the crease, blending outward to soften the effect. Then, work in a little more of the shimmery white shade just under the brow bone and at the inner corner of the lid to really make your eyes pop!
Finish the look by lining your eyes. With a fine angled brush, apply a liquid gel liner. (Julie Hewett's Gia is fab for this.) Begin at the inner corner of your eye, creating a small, fine line and then gradually build up and out as you work your way across the lash line. Add a sweep of volumizing mascara to top off your look.
Remember to keep everything else simple when wearing a dramatic eye like this. All you need is a dab of warm pinky-brown blush on the apples of your cheeks and a swipe of clear lip gloss, and you're set to go.
Love this look but want to leave it to the pros? Click here to book an appointment with one of our stellar makeup artists. We also give lessons!
Makeup How-to: Check Out All the Steps and Products That Got This Glamour Editor This Pretty Makeup Look
So Glamour had a big fancy party out in L.A. last week for Reel Moments and two of our ladies, Entertainment Editor Rebecca Sinn and West Coast Editor Jen Weinberg, stopped the Blushington Makeup and Beauty Bar (where you can choose from a bevy of makeup looks for a small $35 fee for full face or $25 for eyes only) to get all fancied up beforehand. Oh, and Jen took notes and gave us steps 'cause she's awesome like that.
Here's their "after" shot:
They're cute, right?
Today we're going to focus on Rebecca on the left there, who ordered the something called the "Smoke & Mirrors" from director of artistry Emma Willis, which basically meant she got a really gorgeous, subtle smoky eye. Here's how you can recreate it at home.
To get glowing skin:
Prep the skin with a great moisturizer or primer and make sure to massage it in all over -even around the eye area! Here she used: Embryolisse moisturizer. Next, Emma recommends moistening the makeup sponge with water, which will make the foundation (in this case Stila's Perfect and Correct Foundation) blend evenly into the skin and this also helps it really sink in to the pores! Then dust a little power just over the t-zone area, or where excessive shine is. TIP: Do not put powder all over the entire face. The skin will always look more youthful and fresh-faced if there is a little dewy-ness to it.
And finally a little cream blush and rub a little cream blush (here she used Becca Crÿme Blush in Petal and Hyacinth) into the apples of the cheeks to give a nice flush to them.
For the eyes:
Take Stila Smudge Pot in Black and Brown and mix a little of them together into the sockets of the lid, smudging and blending to create that smokey eye look. Then add a little underneath the lower lash line for definition and blend the line for a soft finish. Next, to make the eyelid pop, pat on a little gold/bronze cream shimmer.
Here Emma used Julie Hewett Face and Body Shimmer in Cleo. For that last eye step, take some black mascara and brush through the lashes in a zigzag motion to really get to the roots.
TIP: After you've applied it to the bottom lashes, take a moist Q-Tip and gentle wipe, back and forth, just at the ends of all the lashes.
This will stop the mascara from leaving those black marks on your eyelids.
For the lips:
Finish with a little of Stila's Lip Glaze in Fruit Punch.
TIP: Take a Q-tip and wipe along the inside of the lips while your mouth is closed. This will ensure no gloss on the teeth!
And that's it! Well, that's not really it--I've got Jen's how-to coming soon, as well. So sit tight and check back in a few days for more info!
Have you heard these tips before? Use any of these products? Discuss!
Reminiscent of the glamorous hollywood icons of the 50's Lucky Stars can be tailored to give your 20's flapper costume a sophisticated and stunning edge. Heads will turn when you enter a room, so dress accordingly. Bob not included!
On-the-go beauty mavens have a new option when looking for a place to get their makeup done in L.A. University of Arizona graduate Stephi Maron opened Blushington Makeup and Beauty Lounge on Sunset Boulevard on October 7th.
Read more from the lovelies at Daily Glow: http://bit.ly/saLOh7
Emma's Pick: Space NK Apothecary
While we usually focus on products for this series, Emma has something a bit different: she's chosen to focus on one of her favorite beauty counters in New York City. Space NK Apothecary is the first American franchise of the British beauty chain, and stocks a well-curated selection of products like Nuxe, Elemental Herbology and Lubatti. She always pops in whenever she's in the city!
SPACE NK APOTHECARY
99 Greene Street
Pretty Tips: Blushington's Founder and CEO Stephi Maron on Getting Gorgeous
How did Blushington come to be?
I realized there weren't any great makeup studios that were affordable, convenient, and offered a natural, fresh-faced look.
What is on offer?
Clients can choose from six makeup looks, to the artist has an idea of what they want.
What's your favorite current makeup trend?
Berry-red lips with dark, bold eyelashes or smoky eyes ad a nude, fresh face.
See more in the November issue of LA Confidential!
Above: Modern-Day Bardots
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