Jessica Alba and fashion icon Tory Burch get real about emergency room makeovers and the magic of tinted moisturizer.
Watch what happens when Jessica and Marianna get honest about Magic Balm, Netflix and more in our new beauty series, “Face to Face.”
At Honest Beauty HQ, the only thing more sought after than radiance is a perfectly plump pout. Master the look in 3 simple steps.
Seattle girl Bree Youngquist puts her own sexy spin on a casual, no makeup-makeup look. Here, she shows you how to channel her fresh-faced vibe in a few simple steps.
Meet Lauren, who’s not only one of our models (that’s her under Meet Your Match), but also a talented singer, songwriter and performer. Make her look your own in a few simple steps.
Check out the video below to get her look:
Where are you from and what beauty is like there (beachy and easy, big curls and false eyelashes, etc.)?
I come from Kent, England and, as most people know, it be a little gloomy so I see a lot of women finding other ways to get tan. They love their bronzer and self tanner! I grew up in the countryside and in general it’s a little more casual, but on the weekend some girls like to go extra full-out with full-on glam!
Tell us about your #LetsBeHonest look and why you chose it:
I chose the Daring “Ready to Conquer” Look because as a performer it speaks to me. In order to be my best, I want to feel 100% confident in the way that I look especially on stage. It’s a few steps up from what I would wear during the day, but it’s a transition that gets me into character. It’s exciting and fun to dress up and do something different than your daily beauty routine.
Who or what is your beauty inspiration?
I follow a lot of different make up artists online and I also have worked with some of the best. I’ve picked my fave little tricks from each one and combined them with my own style and technique.
What’s the best and/or worst beauty advice you’ve gotten?
Best: Less is more! Worst: The more, the better!
Even if you’re going for a Daring look, I believe there is a way to apply your makeup so that it doesn’t look like it’s caked on.
What is inner beauty to you?
Inner beauty is an internal radiance that shines just as much as physical beauty. It’s what makes you unique and special. Women always want to be beautiful on the outside and sometimes they strive for perfection, but as we all know, time takes its toll on our bodies so perfection becomes a goal that we cannot maintain. With inner beauty, however, the possibilities are endless. There is no limit to how incredible you can be!
What product can’t you live without?
I love anything that makes my skin glow! I have a tendency to use my lip balm not just on my lips, but on my brows, cheekbones, nose and sometime even under my eyes on the go!
What’s your favorite Honest Beauty product?
I’m soooo happy that Honest Beauty made the multifunctional Magic Balm! It’s lighter than my greasy lip balm and gives that magical glow!
If you were an Honest Beauty Lip Gloss, what shade would you be? (Dreamy, Kind, Generous, Creative, Inspired, Playful)
I love the idea of putting a positive word on your beauty products so that when you apply you set your intuition… genius! I would choose to be Creative. Bring on the ideas!
How long do you take to get ready in the AM? To go out at night?
AM: I don’t like to do much in the morning — I’ll take about 30 minutes. I get cleaned up, put on a little moisturizer, balm and maybe a bit of mascara.
PM: If I’m going out, I give myself about an hour to go in on the glam! I enjoy putting on makeup more at this time. It’s kind of therapeutic, like painting.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve applied makeup?
Like I said, I like to apply lip balm all over my face, but sometimes I’ll take it to the next level. I apply it to my collarbone, shoulders, décolletage, and if I’m showing legs, a line on the top of the knees.
Be Honest: Do you wash your face before you go to bed?
Sometimes. Half the time I’m too tired and just use a makeup remover wipe.
Finish this sentence: #LetsBeHonest, I wear makeup because:
It makes me feel confident and feminine ;).
Show us your signature look and be a part of our Lookbook using #LetsBeHonest!
Let’s be honest. Everyone defines beauty for themselves. It comes from you and how you live your life. Don’t just take our word for it — let our Honest Beauty founder show you herself!
Here at the mothership, we’re psyched to launch our #LetsBeHonest campaign. This inspiring new video showcases Jessica’s fave real looks — Daring, Fresh, Chic, Sunny and Glam — and the reasons she loves them. It’s a day-in-the-fabulous-life of her beauty bag, shot from the POV of her makeup must-haves.
Honest Beauty is about all the ways you do you. That’s why we want YOU to share your ultimate looks with #LetsBeHonest and give them a name just like Jessica: My “______” Look. Check out the video below and then show us what you got. We can’t wait to see you get honestly beautiful!
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be posting How To video tutorials, interviews with some major women we love, makeup artist Q&As and dozens of DIYs and Get the Looks designed to help you land your fave looks. You’ll get everything you need to make the most of your moments, whether you’re creating a delicious “desk to drinks” smoky eye or a kissable “Sunday morning brunch” nude lip. So, get ready to get Honest and don’t forget to snap and share your unique style with the world using #LetsBeHonest!
If you’re not hip to Caroline Polachek’s vibe, cue up her latest video, Ch-Ching. (Hint: She’s a multi-hyphenate singer-songwriter-stylemaker … a lead singer for Brooklyn-based band, Chairlift … aka Ramona Lisa … and all kinds of hot … sounding familiar?). Ch-Ching, a work of visual art — read: a soothing palette of vivid warm hues and muted cool notes punctuated with pops of brilliant orange — seduces you into forgetting to listen to the music.
After pausing and screen-capturing our way through the video, we’ve curated several Polachek-approved styles worth hunting down on a Saturday afternoon:
- Color on color … on color. There’s so much to love about her look from the vibrant orange genie-meets-parachute pants with matching crop top to the, you guessed it, matching sheer kimono. Sure, you could separate them for individual statement pieces, but putting them all together makes this ensemble all kinds of seasonal-chic. Word on the street is that the outfit was designed by Andrea Toscano specifically for the video in collaboration with Caroline. (Is there another hyphenate in the making?)
- Coordinating kicks. Orange sneakers, where have you been all my life? Oh, yeah, the ’80s. So glad you’re back.
- High ponytail braid. If you’re Caroline, you add ribbon detailing to take a really awesome old-school pony and update it with rad, school-girl style. Why? Because she said so.
- Orange monochromatic lids. We love the way she paired the bold shadow and thick black liner with nearly natural lips, contoured cheeks and flawless dewy skin that play up the eyes. (On a side note, those brows? They’re their own blog post.)
- Grecian-inspired double ear cuffs. Just when you thought hair bling was the new ear cuff, Caroline brings ’em back with style. Both ears. Matching. Her sleek duo by Lady Grey Jewelry rocks a subtle flash of metal that looks just as cool paired with street styles as it does with evening looks. No other jewelry needed.
Normally when you think of the great outdoors, you probably don’t think scary-hot. Think again. LA-based celebrity makeup artist Shekinah Garner rocked this jungle-inspired look featuring brilliant tropical colors and sinister contouring. Check out the How To below:
Make eyes. Start by applying the Shade 1 all over upper lid into the inner corners. Swipe it out well past the outer corners of the eye in an eye mask-like shape. Bring the shadow all the way to the brow bone and into the eyebrows. Highlight the lower lash line as well. With Shade 2, forest green, press color into the crease from the outer corner to the inner corner and blend with a large shadow brush. Next, line the eyes — upper and lower lash lines plus the waterline. Finally, shape and fill in brows with black eyeliner then create twig- or feather-like lines up and off the brows. (Even Mother Nature likes high-impact arches.)
Create contoured face and cheeks. Apply créme blush onto apples and cheekbones — go ahead, be heavy-handed — blending with a sponge. Work Shade 3 shadow, a khaki shimmer, from brows into the hair line around the forehead and temples and down under the cheekbones and jaw line in a “number 3” shape. Add more Shade 1 and 2 for darker contouring effects. Then smooth out the edges with a sponge. With a brush, work the green contour into the pink cheek créme to blend colors together and make them seamless. Finally, use Shade 1 to go over contouring at the jawline, cheeks and hairline.
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Love it! This hot trend took on new life after recently rocking runways and street styles. We think it’s pretty dope, too, and despite what you might think, our in-house Honest Beauties prove anyone can wear the trend. The key is finding the right shade for your skin type.
We went to LA-based makeup artist Monika Blunder for a soft, smoky version that can be dialed down or amped up depending on how you do you. Check out Monika’s How-To video and the steps below.
How To: DIY Green Eyeshadow
You Need: True Velvet Eyeliner in Truly Cocoa (or Truly Black), Forest Green Eyeshadow Trio, a blending brush, a crease brush
- Smudge True Velvet Truly Cocoa into upper lash line to create depth. Pro Tip: Monika lines then smudges liner before many looks to create extra depth in the eye. Pretty smart!
- Apply Shade 3 all over lids, working around the crease to the inner corner of the eye then beneath the eye area to the outer corner.
- Layer more Shade 3 into crease for greater definition.
- Sweep Shade 1 in lower lash line for a pop of color.
- Create V-shape with Shade 2 in the outer crease and blend using Shade 3.
- Layer Shade 2 over Shade 1 in the lower lash line. It’s smoky!
- Use Shade 3 in the crease for more definition and blend with a brush loaded with Shade 3.
- Sweep color around the eye area for a super smoky effect.Pro Tip 2: No need go all-green if you’re not up for it. Monika loves lining lower or upper lash lines (or both!) with the color to brighten and pop the eyes.