Up your game with a DIY #GNO look that’s all about the sultry smoky eye.
Here at Honest Beauty we celebrate crimson manes everywhere and not just because our founder has a gorgeous little redhead at home or because we’re totally obsessed with Jessica Chastain and Julianne Moore. And if we’re being totally honest, we’ll also admit we’re into breaking beauty rules, especially when they’re outdated, meaningless and suck the joy out of life. Here are 5 old-school “Don’ts” and some new “Do’s” to help you rethink red and rock the ginger locks:
Old Rule: Step away from the pink lipstick.
Break It: Not only can you flaunt a pink pout, you can play in a variety of shade ranges. Nude lips, a popular look for redheads, can be perked up with subtle pale pink hues or a peachy-pink stains. Or brighten the face with plummy-pinks or eye-popping fuchsia shades. Think in complements and contrasts.
Old Rule: Forget about the bold red lip.
Break It: Wait … red on red? The question isn’t yes or no, it’s how to nail the shade. For the most flattering look, opt for non-matchy-matchy lips and locks (again, it’s all about the contrasts). Lighter strands can go with a more vivid lipstick and darker locks may like poppy, cherry or tomato pigments. One caveat: Fair-skinned gals with pink undertones may want to steer clear of pinky-reds pouts, but the only way you’ll really know is to try it for yourself.
Old Rule: Ditch heavy foundation.
Break It: We don’t necessary advocate for “heavy foundation,” but we do love flawless coverage. Fair-skinned beauties can replace thick formulas with lightweight tinted moisturizers that even out skin tone without weighing down their look.
Old Rule: Bag the black eyeliner.
Break It: Black lashes and liners used to be thought of as too harsh and overbearing against pale skin tones and copper locks. We like to think it’s flirty and fabulous. For reference, check out every redhead whose ever worn a sexy cat eye on the red carpet. The look is dramatic and chic particularly when paired against fair skin and bold scarlet tresses. Need training wheels? Start subtle with a smudged smoky effect or ease into the look with a rich navy shade before going full-on black.
Old Rule: Skip the dramatic smoky eye.
Break It: It’s all about how you pair it. Charcoal smoky eyes look fab when you keep the rest of the face in warm peach and pink tones. Smoked plum and eggplant shadows complement auburn locks and brown, hazel, green and blue eyes. Rich brown shadows look lush and delicious against almost any ginger mane.
Old Rule: Ocean-inspired eyeshadows? Meh.
Break It: It’s a brave new world for redheads when it comes to marine blues, sea greens and sunkissed golds. Sure, the fashion pages seriously rock the looks, but is this palette accessible for the everyday beauty junkie? Absolutely. Again, the key is to think in contrasts to your unique hair shade. These vivid shadows tend to complement lighter eyes (just don’t match them to your eye color) and brighten fair skin. New to the trend? Start off subtle with a cool muted hues.
Old Rule: Ban bronzers from your makeup bag.
Break It: While it’s true that dark luminizing powders can overpower traditionally fair-skinned redheads, don’t avoid the look altogether. Instead, try formulas a shade or two darker than your skin tone for a naturally sunkissed look that doesn’t overpower pale complexions. Or, pay homage to the trend by rocking bold bronze lids and liners instead of cheekbones and other highpoints.
- Use it to create a smooth, flawless-looking complexion. It’s a known fact that foundation can make pores and wrinkles look larger or deeper, so primer helps cancel out this less-than-positive effect by filling the pores, lines and wrinkles while creating a smoother canvas for the makeup. The long and short of a good primer is that it creates a smooth canvas for your foundation, helps your foundation stay in place and not “move” (movement in makeup makes your complexion look uneven!) and protects, treats and helps enhance the overall texture of your skin.
- Think of it as a skin nourisher. I especially like primers that have ingredients that not only help blur the look of imperfections, but also address other foundational areas. Some of the ingredients that I look for are: 1) a peptide like hyaluronic acid because it helps plumps and retain moisture; 2) aloe vera to condition and soothe; and 3) natural botanical ingredients derived from nature that plump, smooth and firm. I love that Honest Beauty Primer uses peony root to provide these benefits!
- Double it as a glow-getter. Lately I’ve been obsessed with primers that have a luminous glow to them… I feel like that glow peeks through the foundation making it look more like young, healthy, glowing skin.
- Add it for extra hydration. For my clients with oily skin, I find that primers that contain emollients help to add just enough hydration to keep their sebaceous glands from over-producing oil. For my dry clients, I find that it adds the hydration that their skin needs so that it isn’t trying to drink up whatever moisture it can from the foundation.
- Consider it a bodyguard against blemishes. Primer is also like a layer of protection that keeps the color pigments in the foundation from settling deeply into the pores and clogging them. It acts like an invisible layer between your skin and the makeup, and I love that.
- Make it a one-two punch with foundation. When it comes to primer, think texture. For foundation think tone. Primer addresses the texture of your skin, whereas foundation addresses the tone of your skin. Together they are like a duo that creates a flawless face that you can be proud to show the world.
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.
While we love Throwback Thursdays and blasts from the past, even the hottest classic looks can stand a little tweaking to give them a fresh spin. LA-based celebrity makeup artist Monika Blunder shares 4 quick tips that easily make your look more modern without the dreaded family intervention.
- Try “contouring lite.” While Monika still loves the contour trend, less is more when it comes to making it fresh. Instead of going full-on bronze, use a hint of strategically placed highlighter or luminizer in the hollow of the cheeks for sexy, subtle shading without that “hey, I’m contoured” look. Top with a cream blush and blend.
- Go easy on the lip liner. Trade heavily defined looks for crayons, glosses or lipsticks that can be swiped on or pressed on with your fingers or a brush. The exception? Using lighter shades in pinks or nudes to create subtle shape or to draw all over lips to create a base for making color last. The key? Less is more (modern).
- Play up one color at a time. It’s all about balancing boldness with simplicity. One of Monika’s signature looks is a vibrant smoky eye, but what makes the look even more spectacular is that she keeps the rest of the face neutral. Take Jessica Alba’s smoky blue shadow look for The Late, Late Show, Monika paired it with a glossy nude lip and softly flushed cheek to balance the color and make it stand out.
- Mind the crease. Bold shadows in metallic-, earthy- and jewel-toned shades are as a gorgeous as ever, applying them from your lash line to your brows looks a bit dated. Need a guideline? Don’t blend colors past the crease and you’ll modernize your gaze in seconds.
We’re not saying drink this and you’ll instantly have flawless skin, but this spicy-sweet beauty elixir is chock full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that act like a shot of TLC to skin, hair and nails. Down this baby in the morning to detox after a weekend of indulgence or sip throughout the day to keep sugar cravings at bay. It’s also a celebrity fave when you need to ditch that last few pounds and squeeze into your go-to LBD (bandage dress sold separately).
Green Goddess Skin-Boosting Juice
(Makes 2 servings)
- 1 whole cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 2 handfuls chopped kale
- 2 celery sticks, chopped
- 2 lemons, juiced
- 2 apples, cored and seeded (we like green, but hey it’s your call)
- 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (depending on your spice tolerance), finely diced
- Frozen watermelon or a dash of the natural sweetener stevia or Truvia for sweetness
If cold weather is wreaking havoc on your skin, test-drive this 2-minute, at-home trick for restoring hydration and leaving a spa-like glow. It’s like a trip to the esthetician sans the hit to the budget.
In winter, skin can become super fragile and dry thanks to indoor heat and fire places. In fact, it’s not unusual to wake up with ultra-parched, taut skin. Cleansing your face is the last thing on your mind. Instead of simply splashing with water, try this rad Konjac Sponge trick, a spa-like indulgence that revives skin so it feels refreshed, hydrated and renewed. (Same idea as immersing herbs or vegetables in water to bring them back to life, says our in-house beauty yoda). Here’s the how to:
- Thoroughly dampen sponge with warm or hot water.
- Massage skin in circular motions, sans cleanser, for 2 minutes.
- Rinse and glow.
For snowbirds and beach types who aren’t dealing with winter skin woes, try the same technique using cold water instead of hot.
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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.
LA-based celebrity makeup artist Monika Blunder took the blue-eyeshadow trend straight from the runway to the green room where she created Jessica’s coveted smoky eye for “The Late, Late Show.” Since its debut, both Jessica and Monika have been inundated with requests to Get the Look.
Here you go, beauties (and don’t forget to snap and share your look using #LetsBeHonest — we want to see your mad skills!):
- Apply and smudge Truly Cocoa True Velvet Eyeliner along the lash line to add depth to the eye.
- With a dense brush, pat the navy Shade 2 from the Ocean Blue Eyeshadow Trio into the lid. Tip: Don’t bring color too high up to keep the look modern. It should go from the lash line to the crease, but not above.
- From the Eyeshadow Trio in Sable Brown, apply soft stone Shade 1 into the crease to break up the two colors and add definition.
- On the lower lash line, smudge the Truly Cocoa eye pencil to create a smoky depth.
- Apply Truly Black eye pencil to the inner lower and upper rim of the eye.
- Using your index finger, press the shimmering silver Shade 3 (from the Ocean Blue trio) onto the center of the upper lid, pressing back and forth. Blend with a fluffy brush to give a nice reflection to the eye.
- Finish color by taking the iridescent teal Shade 1 and dab in the outer corner in a reverse V to intensify the blue color and elongate the eye.
- Curl, prime and apply three coats of Truly Lush Mascara.
- Finish with the eye look by running Brow Filler through your arches to amp up color (Monika used Rich Brunette on Jessica).
- Start with a darker-than-your-normal shade of Everything Cream Foundation along the jawline for contouring (Jessica is sporting Java).
- Top with Luminizing Powder in Dusk Reflection for a bronzy effect.
- Tap and blend Créme Blush in Truly Teasing on the apples of the cheeks.
- Highlight with Midnight Reflection Luminizing Powder along the upper cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose and the cupid’s bow.
- Even skin tone and mask dark circles using the Concealor Duo (Jessica used Balanced Beige for her skin tone) beneath the eye. Tip: Monika does this after doing the bold eye to help clean up color that spilled or smudged onto skin.
- Layer Lip Crayon in Demi-Matte Honey Kiss, a perfect nude that Monika uses to beautifully balance the blue shadow.
- Top with Generous Kiss Lip Gloss to give more color and shine to the lips.
From power pouts and contoured cheeks to fresh-faced glows and sheer lips, there was no shortage of covetable looks at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards. Our faves, however, prove that the biggest beauty statements are made from the inside out. Check out this roundup of all the ways these A-listers do beautiful (hint: having fun is half the formula):