Category: Makeup

BeautyGet Gorgeous with Michelle Phan

If you are interested in beauty and makeup and you haven’t heard of Michelle Phan, well, you can thank me later. This YouTube beauty guru has been long been considered the authority on internet makeup tutorials. With a fantastic range that includes both conceptual and everyday makeup, her videos are respected and referred to regularly in the beauty community. Michelle is the first female YouTuber to reach over a million subscribers, and her video views exceed 361 million! Michelle recently joined the Lancome team and is currently making videos using their fantastic products. 
 
 Being on YouTube almost more than Facebook and being obsessed with all things beauty and makeup, I have following Ms. Phan for quite some time. Let me walk you through a few of my favorite videos, shown below.
 
 
 Ahh, the Purple Disco Tutorial! Not only is this video fantastically edited and easy to follow, Michelle is one of those super talented artists who manages to make purple eyeshadow look somehow subtle and glam. This tutorial gives you step by step instructions on how to achieve a perfectly sparkly and sultry evening eye look. The main reason I love her syle is that Michelle always manages to make her makeup look effortless, regardless of the intensity of the colors. The look is never overdone and always celebrates her features.  
 
 
 Fast and fresh makeup in the morning is an instant confidence booster. Growing up pale and awkward, I quickly discovered that blush and mascara were my friend, and from that a love of cosmetics was born. It is all about enhancing your natural beauty and feeling great! Enjoy this tutorial shown above, which gives you fast tips on how to enhance your look in just 5 minutes! I love that Michelle always mentions the importance of defining your brows. Giving you an instant frame around your face, your eyebrows are one of the most important parts of your face. 
 
 
 Michelle definitely knows how to have some fun with makeup, as shown in the video above. Based on a look from Lady Gaga’s video, Bad Romance, Michelle shows us how to achieve the wide eyed look made famous by the pop sensation. One of several Lady Gaga inspired videos, this tutorial is my favorite for the fun computer generated effects at the end. Receiving over 20 million views, this video is a web classic and has been referenced many times.
 
 Make sure to check out Michelle’s channel. Her sweet demeanor and expert skills will make you an instant fan, trust me!

CelebrityLady Gaga In i-D Magazine April 2011

Lady Gaga never ceases to create a buzz. Love her or hate her, you better get used to her because she isn’t going anywhere. Featured in so many magazines, online articles, and more, Gaga seems to be everywhere we look. Take, for example, the new spread in i-D magazine for April 2011. Gaga is the cover girl with a small but totally memorable feature within. Inside “The Exhibitionist” issue, Gaga shows off her now famous facial and shoulder prostheses, multicolor hair, and dark, dramatic lips and eyes. 

I love these images. To me, Gaga seems to be redefining the idea of beauty. With an extraterrestrial aesthetic and bizarre yet beautiful makeup and hair, these photographs draw you in, making you wonder what exactly you are looking at. For additional pictures check out the full spread at i-D Magazine’s site.

    What are your thoughts on Lady Gaga? Do you love it, or is it all too much for you?

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BeautyBefore and After: The Makeup Magic of Vadim Andreev

The next time you’re feeling in the need for a little change, don’t run for the scissors or hair dye. Instead, just give Vadim Andreev a call and see if he can squeeze you in for a little last-minute makeover. A day in the shoes of a glamor goddess will have you cheered up in no time!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vadim Andreev is a leading makeup artist in Russia who works with models for commercials, photoshoots, and magazines. He’s also a pretty amazing wedding photographer — check out his portfolio.
 
Here he is at work on some models for a swim photoshoot:
 

Wanna see more before and afters? (Yeah, I’m obsessed with them, too.) Pics taken from here and here.

While I don’t recommend wearing this much makeup to work or school, it’s definitely fun to play around with on a rainy day weekend or when dressing up for your next big fashion show.
 
Which look is your fav?

BeautySephora by OPI: Glee Collection

 

Calling all Gleeks! Get ready for some exciting news! If you are even half as obsessed with Glee as the staff here at LuLu*s, then you will be extra jazzed to hear that Sephora and OPI have teamed up to create a collection of nail polish based around all things Glee! Let’s take a closer look at the array of beautiful shades.

With names inspired by events and premises of the show, you will be fully entertained from the very moment you read the bottle. Names like, “Slushied,  “Diva-in-Training” and “Mashup” conjure some of my favorite moments from Glee.

This fabulous collection is available in individual sizes or the mini collection, shown above.  Make sure to snap these up if they strike your fancy, Sephora special collections always sell out! Pick up this must-have collection at your local Sephora store or online at Sephora.com!

 

BeautyA Fresh Look at Spring Makeup: Inspiration from Smashbox Cosmetics

This spring I am excited by all the beautiful neutrals that are popping up everywhere. Lace, chiffon, and other soft fabrics have been featured in every imaginable shade of nude, blush, and taupe. This fresh bloom of femininity has me thinking:  what does this mean for makeup? A while back, my questions were answered with the Smashbox Spring 2011 Collection, In Bloom. Smashbox, as you know, is one of my all time favorite brands, known for highly pigmented colors and beautiful artistry. This is an ultra-pretty lineup of shades embodying the fresh feeling of spring. I am in love with the soft and subtle greys, muted lilacs, and dewy cheeks.  This is a look that anyone can rock; how far you go is up to you!

Here are two of the featured looks, Grey Glam on the left and Petal on the right. I am especially in love with the lilac look of Petal. It’s so sultry without looking like you have on a face-full of makeup. It accentuates the eyes, and the light is hitting all the right places on the face.  You can always tone it down or kick it up a notch depending on your mood. These looks have a fierce femininity to them without being overpowering. I was so inspired and excited by this collection that I wanted to share some of my favorite tips to create a soft spring look. Incorporating some Smashbox was a no-brainer, and I have also included some other favorite standout products that work so well for me.

Brand new and highly anticipated is the Philosophy Hope in a Tinted Moisturizer. Philosophy has been a long time favorite for those of us serious about skin care. Based off their bestseller Hope in a Jar, an award winning daily moisturizer, this tinted moisturizer embodies the same qualities we love so much in the original. Now in a tinted formula, this little tube of joy is loaded with antioxidants and armed with an SPF 20 to keep you looking naturally beautiful.

Looking refreshed and alert is hard to achieve at 7 AM. Unless you are a naturally ethereal goddess and look amazing in the early hours of the morning, this will be your new secret weapon! My favorite high lighter to date, Benefit’s High Beam, is one of those products that is hard to live with out once you try it. This lumizing cream adds the perfect highlight needed to achieve that dewy, healthy look. Dab it along the tops of your cheekbone and blend out towards the temple, swipe lightly along the top of your nose, and a dab on your your chin giving you the perfect glow. Don’t worry about looking like a disco ball! This product is just glowy enough with out having too much shimmer or sparkle. Be advised that a little goes a long way and blending is key!  Luckily, it is rich and creamy enough to blend easily.

 

Cream blushes are the best thing to use when trying to achieve a fresh spring glow! More moisturizing than a powder blush, cream formulas are easy to apply with your fingers and blend out very naturally. My new favorite is the In Bloom Creamy Cheek Duo from Smashbox in their new spring line, In Bloom, mentioned above. I love the peach and deep pink combo. Natural flush? Yes please!

This is the grand daddy of eye shadow paletttes! Introducing the fabulous, the one, and only Smashbox In Bloom Eyeshadow Palette! This amazing set has 10 soft shimmer and matte shadows to create a myriad of combinations this spring. If you buy one beauty product this season make sure you snatch up this pallete before it is too late. You will not be dissapointed! Imagine the possibilities!

 An amazing mascara has no season, and the Dior favorite that has been making the beauty world go ’round for some time is Diorshow. Runway inspired and crafted to create the most dramatic and thick lashes, this mascara is a favorite of pros and makeup fanatics around the world. With spring makeup being softly smokey in flower-inspired shades, a great lash line will be very important to draw attention to and open up those eyes! This product will take your lashes to the next level. While not exactly the price of your typical drugstore mascara, it is definitely worth every penny!

Last but definitely not least is the oh-so-popular Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1. Kiehl’s has been around since 1851 so you better believe they know how to make a good lip balm! This little tube will have you addicted you from day one, so watch out! Perfectly smooth and moisturizing, this lip balm leaves the slightest shine to complete your spring look! Stick this in your pocket or purse and trust me, don’t leave home without it!

Now that you have all the necessary ingredients to create the face of Spring 2011, you need to get shopping to find some to-die-for spring wardrobe necessities!