rachel bilson hart of dixie makeup
Rachel Bilson may naturally be ‘nother-level hot, but her make-up routine is fairly basic. Since her glory days playing Summer Roberts on The O.C., Rachel always seems to play characters that bat heavily-lined eyes and lashes at The Protagonistic Hottie. Why mess with a good thing, right?

While Southern Alabama and Southern California certainly aren’t equal matches in the style stakes, Rachel’s latest role as Zoe Hart in small town-celebratory “Hart of Dixie” keeps her make-up look tried and true.

Though the head makeup artist on the show – Joni Powel – uses a lot of earth-toned CARGO Cosmetics palettes on Rachel, I have recreated the look using a variationof my favourite products, below.

Rachel Bilson/Zoe Hart Makeup Tutorial

1. Throw on a BB cream! As a doctor, Zoe Hart has no need to be running around in a full face of foundation. (Try Dior Hydra Life BB Cream).
2. If needed, set your BB cream with a translucent matte powder. (Try Sunday Riley’s Soft Focus Finishing Powder.)
3. Using a blush brush, lightly sweep a burnt pink shade underneath the apples of your cheeks and towards your hairline. Anything with a hint of brown will help emphasize your cheekbones. (Try Natio Rosewood blush.)
4. Prime your eyelids – and the line underneath your lower lash line – to help your eyeshadow/liner stay in place. (Try By Terry Hyaluronic eye primer.)
5. Use a coper eyeshadow over your lid. Because Rachel has quite a deep eye socket she blends the eyeshadow above her crease to ensure it doesn’t get lost behind her eyelashes. Alter your blending to suit your eye shape as I have done below. (Try Too Faced Copper Peony eyeshadow.)
6. Line those eyes! Using a kohl pencil, line your waterline, tightline, and slightly extend your upper lash line. Blend the line under your lower lash line to prevent it from looking too hard. (Try Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil and By Terry’s Eyeliner brush.)
7. Groom your eyebrows. Mine are much darker than Rachel’s and would look far too heavy if filled in to match her brow shape, but if you have a light brow I would advise filling them in a little thicker than normal. (Try Clarins Pro Palette Eyebrow Kit.)
8. Throw on a light pink lipbalm. Finger, brush…use whatever you have around! (Try Cover FX MintTint in Pink Copper.)
9. Mascara! (Try Eyeko Black Magic mascara.)

Enjoy!

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no makeup makeup
If you are a long-term follower of the blog – or any of my beauty writing – you are also well aware of my obsession with natural beauty. I fall in lust with any product that can work as both a cosmetic and natural ‘treatment’, thus have recently hit the jackpot with Louise Redknapp and Kim Jacob’s line, ‘Wild about Beauty‘.

After trying a few of their products they became destined for a ‘No Makeup Makeup’ tutorial. These kind of looks always take me back to the occasions in high school that I would bother putting make-up on for; speeches, debates, show choir performances (do we just call it Glee now?). When you want to look polished but not ‘made up’, No Makeup Makeup is the way to go.

Products Used:
Sheer Glow Moisture Tint SPF 20 in Fair: No big explanation needed here. Squeeze out a small amount and spread over your face. I may not have had a ‘wow’ moment with this product, but it did its job by evening out my skin tone with a sheer coverage that looked like I was wearing nothing. Because the Sheer Glow contains Organic Winter Cherry Extract, over time it will brighten and nourish the skin.
Smooth Cover Concealer Kit in Fair: Used under the eyes and brow bone (where I will sometimes get red). This concealer is simply fantastic; extremely emollient, long-lasting, and includes two shades so you can customise the shade for your skin tone. Underneath the creams you will find a small tub of invisible setting powder (talc-free) that slips seamlessly into all skin tones. In my opinion, this is Wild about Beauty’s hero product.
Golden Skin Glow (one shade): Using only a half-pump, I blended the gel in as a blush. Because it is a ‘glow’ without the shimmer, the product is suitable for all ages and features a gorgeous blend of Organic Chamomile which – as an anti-inflammatory – made it perfect for my redness-prone cheeks.
Golden Beach Bronzer in Lou: Because I otherwise have ghost skin, I topped the Skin Glow with their powder bronzer. Unfortunately, the superfine powder shattered in the pan on its way to me. No harm, as the aloe vera-packed product was easy to pick up on a brush without making a mess, but a warning needed to be issued!
Nutrilash Nourishing Mascara in Jack-Black: Because I feel eyeliner is a major no-no for ‘no makeup makeup’, a great mascara is needed to define the eyes. This formula is packed full of benefits as Marine Algae Extract works to increase lash length and density whilst Cotton Bloom and Grape Seed Extract protect and strengthen your lashes. Lasting a good ten hours, they have even thrown in some quackgrass to keep lashes super moisturised.
and Lip Pencil Duo in Amber: For the most natural looking pout, I chose to fill my lips in with the lip colour and then outline it softly with the pencil end. Because this diffuses the line, you end up with naturally-textured and full-looking lips treated with vitamin C, vitamin E, and coconut oil.

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chanel makeup tutorial

Once upon a time I was a make-up artist for both Chanel and MAC. When two gorgeous Chanel products managed to make their way home with me recently (ahem idonothaveanexpensivemakeupaddiction ahem), the occasion called for a melding of the brands. The Pop Luxe beauty look is easy as can be to recreate and simply uses the products below.

Get The Look:
Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in 95 Furtif
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipshine in 73 Chic
Eyeko Black Magic Mascara
MAC Liquidlast Liner in Aqualine

How-to:
1. Without priming the eye, brush the eyeshadow over your entire lid and blend into the crease. The formula of the eyeshadow is incredibly soft and lasts all day without primer.
2. Use the liquid eyeliner to draw a thin like of blue – your ‘pop’ – under the eye, focusing on the outer corner.
3. Throw your mascara on. Like I said, easy peasy. Eyeko’s new Black Magic formula has just launched in Space NK and has quickly become my favourite mascara. As well as being paraben-free, the formula has conditioning keratin, shea butter, and delivers an intense long-lasting curl.
4. Lipstick on. I was intimidated by the brown hue of Chic before swatching it, but the semi-sheer colour is luxe, soft, and enhances the depth of a naturally pink lip.
5. Use a synthetic brush to pick up some colour from the lipstick tube and blend it in as a delicious cream blush on the cheek.



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j lo goin in
Jennifer Lopez – a longtime beauty inspiration of mine – has just released a single featuring Flo Rida for the upcoming soundtrack of ‘Step Up Revolution’ called ‘Goin’ In‘. While she wears a lot of gorgeous Blumarine pieces in the music video, it’s not the fashion that blew me away. It was the make-up: a perfect mix of wild and wearable.

Get The Look – Goin in:
Skin: There is a flawless matte base which holds the look together (try Illamasqua’s Skin Base). While her foundation isn’t dewy, her skin is still luminous. To achieve this tricky glow, I used Lush’s new Feeling Younger skin tint under the eye area and on top of my cheekbones.

Cheeks: J Lo is wearing very little blush, but the natural depth of her cheekbones helps create quite a chiselled look. If, like me, you don’t have cheekbones that cut glass, blend a matte bronzer under your cheekbones (try Stila Set and Bronze) and a lilac-toned blush (try BareMinerals’ Secret) lightly on the apples of your cheeks.

Eyes: The eyes are not the focal point of the look, but still look gorgeous in the video. The eyeshadow is barely-there and the lashes (extensions, I believe) are perfection. To achieve this look, I used GOSH Cosmetics Boombastic mascara on my top lashes, but I would suggest a pair of natural falsies (try Eylure Feathery lashes) if you would like a little more definition on a night out. Because the look has no eyeliner, create a bit of defnition by sweeping a taupe eyeshadow (Naked 2 palette saves the day!) over your entire lid area, blending into the crease.

Lips: Much easier than they look, my darlings! The look requires two steps; 1) lipstick and 2) crystals! To create the perfect lip colour, I mixed together silver glitter, a fuschia lipstick, a purple lipstick and sealed it with Lipcote. The Lipcote isn’t essential if you want to leave your lips glittery, but if you wish to go for the full crystallized effect it is an additional measure to help the pieces adhere.
Once my lip colour felt secure, I applied eyelash glue to the back of Swarovski crystals and applied them to my lips using tweezers. For the best shape, start on the edge of your lips and fill your lips with crystals from the outside in.

Throwing a shirt over your head = optional.

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marion cotillard dark knight makeup
When Marion Cotillard bounced into my inbox this morning (her photo, natch), I am quite sure my heart skipped a beat. Last night, she showed up to the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises looking radiant as ever and delightfully orange – see below. This type of beauty look simply cannot happen without a make-up tutorial to follow.

Get The Look:
1. Skin: You want to apply matte foundation over your face. Skip the cheeks to let a natural flush of colour peek through.
Try: Nars Sheer Matte.
2. Cheeks: Because you will have a natural blush, forgo applying any. Grab a matte bronzer and trace underneath your cheekbones for definition. Blend.
Try: Lord & Berry bronzer.
3. Eyes: Forget primer – we’re already using one of the brightest shades around and eyeshadow primer will only intensify the colour. To keep orange eyeshadow looking romantic, sweep the colour over the entire lid, about 2cm above the crease, and use the same colour as a liner under the eye. To create shape, add a second layer of colour on the outer corner of your eyes and blend towards the centre. Add black eyeliner on the top lashline only.
Try: MAC eyeshadow in Coppering and Models Own kohl pencil.
4. Lips: Get your hands on the glossiest gloss you can find. Preferably in a soft pink/coral.
Try: GOSH Volume Lip Shine in Soft Coral.
5. Nails: I didn’t paint my nails, but if you wanted to do so Mavala‘s Blue Mint nail polish is a perfect match.