If you spend time on your makeup in the morning, it's annoying to see it smudged and smeared by the day's end. Luckily, we have the tricks to keep your look put. Find out the key products to maintaining your makeup, from the morning commute to that final drink at happy hour. On Kirbie: H&M blouse.
Make Up For Ever has training academies across the globe, and now its latest opening is in your living room. The makeup brand is collaborating with online learning community Skillshare, so you can take its best cosmetics courses on your computer. Starting this month Make Up For Ever will offer classes on various topics from contouring to creating the perfect smoky eye. Even though the courses aren't face-to-face, the curriculum runs much like any other beauty school course. There will be a tutorial by a Make Up For Ever artist, final project assignments, and even office hours. These classes aren't just for professionals; any woman can sign up to improve her makeup skills. Some of the courses will even be offered for free.
Christina Ricci is promoting the new Remix Makeup Bag she created for Make Up For Ever, and divulging her best beauty advice in the process. "Don't over pluck," she says. "I thought I looked good, but I looked crazy!" The actress also told us which film set she was on when she learned to apply makeup for the first time, and even compared her weekend style to "looking like a boy." That and a lot more in today's Beauty Beat. On Kirbie: Saunder dress.
Christina Ricci is trying her hand at design in a collaboration with Make Up For Ever. The actress created a faux leather makeup bag complete with studs and tough-girl screen print for the beauty brand. "My inspiration for the bag was hard rock meets couture," Christina told WWD. "I added a red lip motif to the geometric design since I love wearing red lipstick. Plus I thought it would add a fun pop of color." The bag will be available next month as part of the nine-city Make Up Bag Remix tour. The brand wants to encourage women to explore new ways to use products they already own. And perhaps they will convince consumers to fill Christina's bag with their latest releases in the process.
At most fashion shows, it's the models who tower over everyone else. But backstage at EleVen, Venus Williams had the strongest presence in the room. The 6'1" tennis superstar was bringing back her line of sportswear and workout gear, constantly smiling and in good spirits before the presentation. Instead of using traditional models, she invited athletes to box, dance, and stretch as they showed off the collection.
"They're athletes, so it's clean," said key makeup artist Lottie of the fresh-faced look. "Some are wearing Aqua Black eyeliner tight to the lashes, but we're focusing on the skin." For a sweat-proof finish, Lottie applied Make Up For Ever HD Foundation to the face and body. Hair was similarly athletic, with John Barrett Salon hairstylist Mahogany creating individualized ponytails and braids for each athlete. "They're all sporty and trendy styles," she explained, "but they still allow you to move." Consider it a real-life beauty look created for a larger-than-life superstar.
From New York City to Milan to Paris, bold, structured eyebrows were one of the biggest runway makeup trends for Fall 2012. And now that the cooler, crisper season is nigh, it's time to anchor those richer, deeper makeup palettes with equally impressive brows. But how do you get the look right minus the cartoony effects?
It's called eyebrow gel, and Make Up For Ever's Aqua Brow ($20) is outright amazing (although most brow-toned, cream-to-matte eye colors should do the trick). What makes this particular type of product so great is its high pigmentation level and stay-put finish. And because this gel dries to a semipowdery consistency, you'll get natural-looking definition that both fills and lengthens. To apply, use an angled brow brush to sculpt your eyebrows freehand and run a spooly brush over the gel to break up the product and set it. But if you prefer to work with a bit more structure, employ the magic of an eyebrow stencil for an even more precise result.
The bold brow trend was seen at the following Fall 2012 runway shows: J. Mendel (upper left), Marc by Marc Jacobs (upper middle), Burberry Prorsum (upper right), Alexander Wang (center left), Proenza Schouler (center middle), Derek Lam (center right), Givenchy (lower left), Fendi (lower middle), and Max Mara (lower right).
Long-lasting lipstick comes in handy for plenty of situations: date nights, birthdays, weddings, and any other time reapplying is a problem. But which ones really stick around as promised? We tried a bevy of long-wear lip colors to see which ones stood the test of time and found three with staying power that will thrill any lipstick lover.
Can one shade can work for every skin tone? In the case of Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge #8 ($24), it just might. This fire-engine-red hue was made especially for Madonna's worldwide tour by her makeup artist, Gina Brooke. (It's waterproof, smudge-proof, and crease-proof, too.) Brooke created the color for her star client, but she made sure that this lipstick looks good on any complexion — so we tried it to see if it fit all of ours. Read on to see the results.
Having a fresh face doesn't mean that you have to leave off the lipstick. Bold, brilliant lip colors were all over the runways at shows like Jason Wu, Christian Dior, and Anna Sui. In this video, David Hernandez, Pro Educator for Make Up For Ever, shows us what it takes to create a clean, on-trend look with a pop of color.
Summer has officially arrived, and while temperatures are moving upward, it doesn't mean your makeup has to be moving downward. Don't worry about your makeup running when the heat is on, though, thanks to these sweatproof beauty picks. On Kirbie: Topshop.