It's easy to love Nicole Kidman for her dynamic acting and movie roles, but she also catches our attention on the red carpet with her rosy, glowing skin and beautiful makeup looks. That's why we brought in makeup artist Carol Shaw, creator of Lorac cosmetics and Nicole's go-to makeup guru, to find out how she helps her look perfectly polished. Here, she shows us how to re-create Nicole's signature style.
Bronzer can be a great asset, but it's also a tricky beast. We've done stories before on selecting bronzer for deep, medium, and fair skin tones, but once you've actually got a compact with the right shade in it, you'll also need a few tips to apply it correctly. It's easy to do, and if you keep a few things in mind, it can really enhance your features and skin tone. Here are five solid tips to help you get golden the right way:
- "The best way to apply powder bronzer is with a big powder or blush brush," says makeup artist Carol Shaw of LORAC Cosmetics. If you use a smaller brush, you may not get diffuse enough color, so you end up with streaks instead of soft contouring.
- Build up your bronzer instead of sweeping it on all at once. Layering on until you get the color you want is best because, as Shaw points out, "it's easier to add color than it is to take it away."
- The easiest guide for putting bronzer on right? Sweep it from your forehead down to your jaw in the shape of a figure "3." It'll accentuate the areas light usually strikes your face for the most natural look.
- For a less dramatic look, use a bronzer without shimmer in it. The matte texture looks natural and isn't as attention grabbing as the sparkly stuff.
Debra Messing got high marks from the majority of you for her look at the Emmys last night, and it's no surprise, as Carol Shaw, Lorac's founder, did all her makeup personally. Lucky for us, I've got the complete how-to on re-creating Debra's soft, smoky eye and creamy-nude lip. To find out how you can get the look for yourself, just keep reading
We all know that the only safe tan is a fake one, but if you don't want to commit to self-tanner, it's time to break out the bronzer. The key is to avoid the Malibu Barbie look. "When women want to look tan, a lot of times they will make their entire face tan with bronzer or tinted moisturizer," says Carol Shaw, makeup artist and founder of LORAC cosmetics. "It's too much." What's more, she adds, it can leave the neck white, creating a visible line along the jaw.
For a more natural look, use a shimmer-free powder bronzer. Shaw recommends her LORAC Baked Matte Satin Bronzer, which goes on ultra-sheer but can be built up for more intensity. (On a budget? Try Physicians Formula's version.) Use a brush to dust it where the sun would hit: on your cheekbones, the tip of the nose, your chin, and forehead. "You can dust it on your neck, too, so that your face and neck match," Shaw adds. And don't forget, you can use bronzer on your eyelids for a simple, natural-looking hue, too.
Whether you loved it or hated it, you've got to hand it to Debra Messing for going a bit bolder with her color scheme last night, particularly when it came to those heavily lined peepers.
The founder of Lorac Cosmetics, Carol Shaw, was the makeup artist behind Messing's look. She applied sultry green and black accents, which complemented Messing's midnight blue Zac Posen gown, keeping the cheeks and lips soft and neutral. And I've got the how-to when you read more