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Spring Beauty Inspired by “Mad Men’s” Peggy Olsen


If you’ve been watching Season 6 of Mad Men, you’ve probably taken note of Megan Draper’s (Jessica Paré) over-the-top mid-’60s-style beauty looks. Dark, dramatically lined eyes, erased lips, voluminous hairstyles … you get the idea. But, the makeup looks I’ve been coveting (and wanting to recreate) are those seen on Peggy Olson (Elizabeth Moss). Kinda surprising, right?

While her looks fall more on the natural side, the makeup artists on set have been having some fun with her eyeshadow colors. But, when Olsen (Moss) wears a bright blue or seafoam-colored eyeshadow, it’s applied in a way that is subtle, yet eye-catching.

Take the photo above. In this episode, when Olsen (Moss) blinked, you could see that her lids with dusted with an electric, primary blue shade (something like Nars Matte Eyeshadow in Outremer, $24). Because the color didn’t extend beyond her creases and wasn’t swept along her lower lashes, it was super wearable. Like peekaboo eyeshadow. Something we all (regardless of age or occasion) can pull off.

Nars Matte Eyeshadow in Outremer In this Sunday’s episode, Olsen’s (Moss) lids were dusted with a sheer wash of a shimmery, light greenish shade (something like BareMinerals Velvet Eyecolor in Velvet Pistachio, $14). Unfortunately I haven’t seen a great photo of the look.


I’m definitely going to play with wearing more color on my eyes this season. I tend to go for bold lips, but I’m ready for a change. And, Miss Olsen (Moss) will be my inspiration.

Image: Jordin Althaus/AMC

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Dakota Fanning’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Red Carpet Look

By the time some of you true Twihards out there read this, you’ll have already seen the highly-anticipated final flick in the Twilight series. And, if you’ve been paying attention to all of the hoopla surrounding the release of this film, then you probably know that the lovely Dakota Fanning showed up at the premiere as a brunette. What do you think of her new hair color?

I think it definitely adds a level of sophistication to her look. And, the makeup she sported was the perfect complement to her new hue. One of my in-the-know friends gave me scoop how to copy her look. Here’s the breakdown:


Dermalogica Age Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30, $48. (Love this stuff!)


Laura Mercier Metallic Creme Eye Colour in Burnished Copper, $22.

Make Up For Ever Aqua Smoky Lash Mascara in Black, $22.


Nars The Multiple in Portofino, $39.


Stila Long Wear Lip Color in Intriguing, $20.

It’s the perfect makeup look for day or night. A classic go-to.

Image: SFGate


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Copy Cameron Diaz’s “Feline Eye” Seen at the UK What to Expect When You’re Expecting Premiere

I’m a Cameron Diaz fan for one reason: though she does have a perfectly fit, rockin’ body, she doesn’t always look totally perfect and flawless. Especially her skin. She clearly hasn’t been spending as much time at the spa or plastic surgeon/dermatologist’s office as some of her colleagues. It’s refreshing. That’s why, when I saw this photo of her from the UK premiere of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, I was wowed. Her skin, makeup and overall look is flawless and stunning.

Naturally I had to share the scoop on how makeup artist Emma Lovell created her makeup look so we can all copy it. Here’s the deal:

“The makeup was designed to complement Cameron’s cream Stella McCartney jumpsuit, her choppy blonde bob and her dramatic earrings. I wanted a cute feline eye to be the main attraction, keeping the lips pretty and fresh with a plum stain,” says Lovell.

How to get it:

Step 1: Prime your skin (Lovell used Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum, $65).

Step 2: Create a matte complexion by applying a liquid powder foundation (she used Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation in Sand, $55).

Step 3: Brighten up your eye area by dabbing a bit of eye brightening concealer under your eyes (she used Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener, $38).

Step 4: Contour your face by applying bronzing cream under your cheekbones and blush on the apples of your cheeks using your fingertips (she used Hourglass Illume Crème-To-Powder Bronzer Duo in Sunset, $40). Add a dab of illuminating cream on your cheeks to finish.

Step 5: Fill in your brows with pencil (she used MAC Eye Brows Pencil in Fling, $15)

Step 6: Apply a shimmery, shell-colored eyeshadow on your lids and a deep copper shade in your creases and along your lashlines (Lovell used Hourglass Visionaire Eye Shadow Duo in Gypsy, $38).

Step 7: Line top lashlines with liquid liner (she used Hourglass Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner in Ebony, $32). “I started with a very a thin line at the inner corner of the eye and made it thicker as I went along, kicking it out for a subtle kitten eye,” says Lovell. Next, go over the line with the deep copper shadow to soften it a bit “it’s not so retro that way,” adds Lovell.

Step 8: Apply black mascara and a set of full faux lashes. Get scoop on how to apply false lashes here.

Step 9: Finish by applying a plum, berry lipstick with your fingertip for a stain-like finish. Lovell used Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Nocturnal, $30 and topped it with a bit of balm for a touch of shine (she used Rodial Glam Balm Lip, $25).

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How Many Eye Makeup Products Does it Take to Create a Red Carpet-Worthy Look?

While perusing photos from the fabulous 2012 MET Gala, I came across this shot of Glee star Lea Michele. I totally dig her eye makeup look here, and wondered: What does it really take to create a similar look? One that would photograph equally as well. I recently had some photos taken and I am always amazed at how natural I end up looking in shots, even after applying more makeup than usual. So, I was curious to know what Michele’s makeup artist did with her eye makeup for this occasion to create this stunning, notice-me look. Here’s what celebrity makeup artist Melanie Inglessis did:

First, she lined Michele’s eyes with a plum eyeliner. She used Avon Eye Brightening Pencil in Plumberry, $7. Next she swiped Michele’s lids with two shades of creamy copper eyeshadow — one neutral, one brighter. She used Avon Eye Brightening Pencil in Honey Blue, $7 from lashlines to creases and Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Enrapture, $26 on the inner corners of the eyes. Then, using a crease brush, she blended the edges of the plum liner with the copper shadow to create a smoky effect.

To add more drama to the eyes, she swiped a dark chocolate colored shadow over the plum liner (she used Chanel Ombre Essentielle in Mahogany, $28.50), and finished the eyes with two coats of black mascara (she used Avon ExtraLasting Mascara in Extreme Black, $9.50). Though she didn’t mention adding false lashes or the fact that Michele has lash extensions, I’m assuming that one of the two things helped complete the lash-heavy look. Continue reading

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