Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Hello all! Well the Golden Globes may be history for this year, but the celeb looks live on…that is at least until the next awards show! The recurring theme of this evening was definitely "understated beauty". It was all glamour with very little glitz. Neutral tones, skin baring gowns paired with minimal bling, hair pulled sleek and chic into a bun, glamazons as far as the eye could see. Boy, those Hollywood types sure clean up nicely don’t they? Here are a few of my favorite makeup looks that made their way down the red carpet, along with some tips on how to D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself)
Natural Beauties
Stars like Angelina Jolie, Anna Paquin, Blake Lively, and newcomer Freida Pinto of Slumdog Millionaire, downplayed the eyeshadow and accented their peepers with liner and lots of lash action instead. The lips ranged from smooth shades of peach to pinks and plums, as seen on Sandra Bullock and Taraji P. Henson. A softly blushed cheek completes the look. D.I.Y. Stick with light to medium neutrals on the lid...soft taupes and bronzey-browns work well. Contour in the crease no more than one shade deeper. Liquid or gel liner is your best choice to really define the eyes, in black, brown, grey or navy. Not accustom to liquid liner? Use short strokes that connect, starting at the outside and working your way inward towards your nose. Line corner to corner on top at the lash line, but leave the under eye clean. Line the inner rim on the bottom if you like with a khol pencil. Finish with lots of mascara or false lashes for added glamour.

Nearly Nude
Show ‘em what you’re working with by highlighting beautiful skin like Megan Fox, Elizabeth Banks, Eva Langoria Parker and Vanessa Hudgens. This look works equally well on tanned skin and fair skin as proven by Eva Mendes and Renee Zelwegger.
D.I.Y. Start by exfoliating and hydrating the skin. A great foundation and concealer are crucial for pulling this look off. Your eyeshadow should mimic your natural skin tone, whether mat or shimmery. Outline with black or brown pencil, and again lots of mascara. When choosing a nude lip color, the trick is picking a color that works with your complexion. Fair to medium skin tones look best in peachy or pinky beiges, while olive or brown skinned divas should opt for soft golden or bronze shades with matching lip liner.
Bold Is Beautiful
Not everyone was playing it safe on Sunday. Kate Winslet, Christina Applegate, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway all sported luscious red hot pouts. January Jones of Mad Men made a statement with tangerine, and CameronDiaz
wore fushia lips and cheeks to go with her bubble gum pink dress.
D.I.Y. Confidence is the best accessory to go with bold lipstick. Mat or shine...anything goes. Pair it with a neutral eye or go for the color (see Cameron Diaz). Just make sure your eyes and lips are in the same color family, you don’t want to channel the 80’s! A stronger cheek is in order to balance this look. Place the color on the apples and blend up towards the hairline. Blend concealer around the mouth to help prevent bleeding, and a little lip balm or never hurts.
Smoking Hotties
Old Hollywood glamour meets contemporary elegance. Beyonce, Amanda Seyfreid, America Ferrara, and trophy girl Rumer Willis all knocked it out of the park with their sultry looks. And although I thought the dress was a bit much, J-Lo had a very sassy smokey eye/nude lip thing going on. Special kudos to Drew Barrymore and Evan Rachel Wood for raising the bar. And Tina Fey proved that you can be funny and sexy at the same time. You go girl!

D.I.Y. The smokey eye is here to stay! Black, grey and navy eyeshadows still look fabulous. But why not try deep purples, greens and bronze? Begin at the lashline and blend up to the crease. Sweep the same color under the bottom lashes. Black eyeliner is still a must, on the inner rim, smudged under the bottom and on the top. Highlight with a sheer shimmery eyeshadow on the brow bone and on the inner corners of the eye to keep it sizzling. Lips can be nude or add color for more drama.


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