Look Breakdown

 

Sophia Loren
Italian glamour at its finest. Bella! (This picture may be from the early 70s, but the makeup screams 60s to me.)

A few things I like: 1960s styling, Italian people and signature makeup looks. Add those all together and you come up with Sophia Loren, every time. For this Look Breakdown, I’m honoring this bombshell and the makeup look she is known for.

I started a regular Look Breakdown for this post, but I found this tutorial, which explains it better than I could. I think especially because the liner and lashes are tricky, it’s much easier to watch someone do it than read how to do it. So thank you, Lisa Eldridge! I know I’m cheating a little by just giving you a video to watch, but I really think you’re better of with this.

Have a beautiful day ūüôā

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Look Breakdown

Mindy is killin’ it in life and with this look. Makeup done by Janice Kinjo.

Mindy Kaling is having a YEAR. I love her and think she looks fantastic, so I’m going to breakdown one of her recent gorgeous makeup looks. This one is from the Ocean’s 8 world premiere.

Foundation:¬†Medium coverage foundation with a glow.¬†Armani Luminous Silk Foundation¬†would work. I know from reading interviews with Mindy that she has oily skin, so if you’re also a shining star, start by priming your skin with¬†MAC Oil Control Lotion.

Concealer:¬†As needed on the face and under eyes. It‚Äôs hard to tell where concealer went without seeing what someone looked like pre-makeup, because a good concealer should cover circles and blemishes and blend into the skin. I know that Mindy has some darkness under the eyes, so if you have that too, a peach (for light to medium skin) or orange (for deeper skin) color corrector can be used before undereye concealer. I’m partial to the¬†MAC Studio Finish Skin Corrector in Pure Orange¬†for deep skintones, and¬†Algenist REVEAL Concentrated Color Correcting Drops in Apricot¬†for light to medium skintones. For very fair skin, I go with¬†Bobbi Brown Under Eye Corrector in Light Peach.

Powder: Powder all over to set. MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Natural Powder would do the job. For this look, I would apply it with a brush, pressing it onto the skin.

Highlighter & Contour:¬†I see a matte highlight on the center of Mindy’s face, particularly down the bridge of the nose. I don’t detect much else as far as highlighting and contouring, but it doesn’t mean it’s not there! Good face sculpting makeup blends seamlessly into the skin.

Cheek Color: Super faint peach terracota color. MAC Blush in Gingerly would be a good choice.

Eyebrows: Brow powder to fill in sparseness/add shape where needed. I can see that the top of the brow was filled in to help with the shape and arch. Go with whatever color matches your brows for this, but don’t load it on. This look is not about the brows, but they should be defined to work with the look.

Eye Makeup:¬†I spy a light silver eyeshadow on the lids and inner corners of Mindy’s eyes. MAC discontinued the one I would use for this (it’s Silver Ring, if you have it!), but I have faith that you could find one that works. It’s tough to see if there is anything in the crease, but I’m going to assume there is a matte brown shade to warm things up. I’ve used¬†MAC Eyeshadow in Charcoal Brown¬†for creasework on clients with Mindy’s skintone. There is some black gel liner like¬†Clinique Brush On Cream Liner in True Black¬†in a medium thick line at the top lashline, traced over with a black eyeshadow like¬†MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon¬†to keep it soft. The shadow is slightly winged out and blended well to make it a little smokey. (It’s possible that a gray shadow, like¬†Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Slate, was added to the outer corners and blended into the wing.) There is some of that silver eyeshadow at the bottom inner corners, blended out to about halfway to the bottom lashline. The black eyeshadow was used again on the outer 2/3 of the bottom lashline. A black pencil, like¬†MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder¬†was used in the bottom waterline, to tightline (the top waterline), and right into the inner corners. See how there is a thin dark line around her tearduct on each eye? That’s black liner. It looks like that was extended slightly into a point.

Mascara: Yes, top and bottom lashes. My go to is still Dior Diorshow Mascara.

False Lashes: I would guess strip lashes that are fuller at the outer corners. When you are wearing a medium to thick black liner or shadow at the upper lashline, your lashes need to be dark and thick to stand out against the liner, and sometimes falsies are the only way.

Lipliner: Yes, same color as the lipstick. MAC Lip Pencil in Brick would do it to it.

Lipcolor: A brick red with shimmer, MAC Fresh Moroccan, seems to be what Mindy had on. It may have been topped with some clear gloss too.

This look is best suited for medium to medium dark skintones. Silver eyeshadow paired with brick red lips can be tough to pull off on those with fair or light skin, although it could look beautiful on a redhead with fair skin.

Now go watch everything Mindy has been a part of, because she is amazing.

Have a beautiful day¬†ūüôā

Look Breakdown

Chrissy Teigen makeup
Photo by John Shearer/WireImage

Chrissy Teigen has rocked some gorgeous makeup looks the past few years. I came across one from the 2016 Grammy Awards that I think is beautiful, classic and perfect to wear as a wedding guest, as it will work with any dress color. As it’s now wedding season pretty much everywhere, you might need this.

Here’s my take on what she had on. Some of this is verified info from Mary Philips, the makeup artist who did this look.

Foundation:¬†Full coverage foundation.¬†Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation¬†would work well. See how the center of Chrissy’s face looks highlighted? You can get that effect by using the foundation shade that matches your skin around the edges of your face, and one that is two shades lighter on the center of your face.

Concealer: As needed on the face and under eyes. It’s hard to tell where concealer went without seeing what someone looked like pre-makeup, because a good concealer should cover circles and blemishes and blend into the skin.

Powder: Powder all over to set. MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Natural Powder would do the job. For this look, I would apply it with a sponge to get more coverage.

Highlighter & Contour:¬†There’s definitely some highlight on those gorgeous cheekbones. Mary used the¬†Physician’s Formula Super BB #InstaReady Contour Trio BB Stick¬†to sculpt Chrissy’s face. This multi-tasking stick has both contour and highlight sections, which I am guessing she applied separately with a brush.

Cheek Color:¬†As luck would have, Mary also shared which two blushes she used on Chrissy for this look. The first one was¬†Physician’s Formula Argan Wear Blush in Natural, which was applied to the apples of the cheeks, at the center of the hairline and lightly at the chin. Then on just the apples, Mary applied¬†Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher in Loveglow.

Eyebrows:¬†Taupe brow powder to fill in sparseness/add shape where needed. I can see that the top of the brow was filled in to help with the shape and arch. Go with whatever color matches your brows for this, but don’t load it on. This look is not about the brows.

Eye Makeup:¬†Mary said she used “warm bronzes and heated desert tones” for this eye makeup. I would go with¬†MAC Eyeshadow in Swiss Chocolate¬†for the initial color. This should be soft and very well blended. The shadow is extended past the outer corners of the eyes in a soft, uplifted angle shape. I would use a pencil brush to apply that same shadow at the lower lashline. On the lid, I would top Swiss Chocolate with¬†MAC Bronze. Eyeliner is barely detectable, but I would guess some matte dark brown eyeshadow like¬†Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Rich Brown¬†was applied with a thin brush at the top lashline.

Mascara: Yes, top and bottom lashes. My go to is still Dior Diorshow Mascara.

False Lashes: She might have had a few small individual lashes on the outer corners, but you could achieve a similar look with just mascara.

Lipliner: Yes, same color as the lipstick. MAC Stripdown Lipliner would work. It looks different on the MAC site, but it is a creamy brown beige.

Lipcolor: MAC Velvet Teddy plus some clear lip balm like Glossier Balm Dotcom would do the job.

Because of the mostly neutral colors, this look appears natural and understated, but with the right hair and outfit, it looks very elegant. It’s technically an easy-ish look to do, but if you stay with the full coverage foundation, make sure to exfoliate first, and prep your skin with a moisturizer, serum or face oil (or whatever combination of those work for you) first. Full coverage foundation will catch on any dry areas and can cake up if you don’t work in thin layers.

This look is best suited for medium to medium dark skintones. The eyeshadow colors are especially complimentary on brown and green eyes.

If you’ve got questions, I’ve got answers, so comment away,

Have a beautiful day ūüôā

Look Breakdown

Amber Heard, Amber Heard makeup, Celebrity makeup, Brown smokey eye
A wearable smokey eye and and nude pink lip combo

A brown smokey eye is like the jeans and T-shirt (or little black dress…or pencil skirt and crop top, depending on your style) of the makeup world for those with fair all the way up to dark medium skin. Add a nude lip and and some blush, and you’ve got a look that works for anything from Happy Hour to a black tie event.

Amber Heard rocked this look, and you can too. Here we go.

Foundation: Medium coverage with a glow. Armani Luminous Silk would work well. See how the center of her face looks highlighted? You can get that effect by using the foundation shade that matches your skin around the edges of your face, and one that is two shades lighter on the center of your face.

Powder: Powder all over to set. MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Natural Powder would do the job. Rimmel Stay Matte would work too, and is easier on the wallet.

Highlighter:¬†It’s tough to see from this camera angle, but I suspect there is some on the cheekbones. I would use¬†Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow¬†for this. It’s meant to be used as a primer, but I like it for subtle cheekbone highlight.

Contour/Bronzer: Contour under cheekbones, below hairline and possibly under jawline. I’m a big fan of the Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kits for this.

Cheek Color:¬†You know, I can’t tell if the color I’m seeing is from her contour or blush. I think it might be the contour, but this look would benefit from a muted peachy or pink blush, depending on your skintone. I think¬†MAC Melba would be a good choice.

Eyebrows: Taupe brow powder to fill in sparseness/add shape where needed. It also looks like the ends of her brows were extended, or at least defined. Go with whatever color matches your brows.

Eye Makeup:¬†MAC Eyeshadow in Mulch, a red brown with bronze pearl, looks similar to what Amber is wearing on her lids and slightly into the crease (just make sure to blend that well). Her shadow is softly angled into a wing shape, giving the illusion that the eye is elongated. The key is to use a shimmery brown shadow that is several shades darker than your skin and makes your eye color pop. That’s why this look isn’t great for those with very dark skin, as choosing a shadow darker than some skin tones either means using a black shadow or not having any to choose from. (For example, using a dark brown shadow on someone with a skintone like model Nykhor Paul wouldn’t have the same effect.) I spy a chocolate brown pencil liner at the top lashline, blended into the eyeshadow. Bottom lashline has a soft wash of the same shadow from the lid, likely applied with a pencil brush.

 

Nykhor Paul
The beautiful Nykhor Paul.

Mascara: Yes, top and bottom lashes. Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara is a good choice for this look.

False Lashes: Yes, strip lashes on just the outer third of top lashes. They might have come like that, or her makeup artist cut a full strip lash to that size.

Lipliner: Yes, same color as the lipstick. MAC Subculture Lipliner would work.

Lipcolor: MAC Patisserie (it looks way more pink on the website than it is in person) or Tarteist Lip Paint in Birthday Suit.

This is solid go-to look for the skintones I mentioned. You can change it up easily by doing a petal pink lip to make it more girly, or adding black liner to the waterline or using a darker eyeliner at the top and bottom lashlines to make it more sultry. If you master this one–and you can–you’ll have a versatile look that doesn’t require a ton of time.

Have a beautiful day ūüôā

Look Breakdown

 

Kerry Washington, Kerry Washington makeup
A true stunner.

Kerry Washington: striking, right? She always looks gorgeous, but I think this look from the 2017 Golden Globes is a real winner. And perfect for the winter.

Let’s do this.

Foundation: Medium coverage with a glow. Armani Luminous Silk would work well.

Powder: Powder all over to set. MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Natural Powder would do the job.

Highlighter: Yes, on cheekbones. It’s subtle though.¬†MAC Mineralize SkinFinish Powder¬†(shimmery, unlike the Natural Version) in Cheeky Bronze is similar to what I can see on Kerry.

Contour/Bronzer: Contour under cheekbones. I’m a big fan of the Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kits for this.

Cheek Color: A minimal amount of a coral peachy pearlized blush, like MAC Powder Blush in Style would be a good dupe.

Eyebrows: Brown brow powder to fill in sparseness/add shape where needed. Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Brunette/Dark Brown would be a good choice.

Eye Makeup:¬†MAC Eyeshadow in Mulch, a red brown with bronze pearl, looks similar to what Kerry is wearing on the outer 2/3 of her lids. The inner two thirds is another shimmery color, but in a lighter shade.¬†MAC Eyeshadow in Nylon¬†could work here. It looks like there is a little highlight right under the arch of Kerry’s brows. A small amount of¬†Benefit High Brow¬†would give a similar effect. I spy a black liner at Kerry’s top lashline.¬†Clinique Brush On Cream Liner in True Black¬†(or whatever black gel liner you like) would work. Trace over and slightly above that with a black eyeshadow like¬†MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon. This isn’t a harsh or graphic liner, so the shadow will soften it. I think a black pencil was used to tightline too.¬†MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder¬†works well for tightlining. There might have been a very minimal amount of brown shadow used at the bottom lashline, but I’d apply it with a small, thin brush to avoid a thick, obvious line.¬†MAC Eyeshadow in Espresso¬†would be good.

Mascara: I would assume so, but tough to tell if it’s on the top lashline because she is wearing false lashes. If it’s on the bottom lashline, it’s the lightest possible coat, but that may be Kerry’s natural lash color.

False Lashes: Yes, strip lashes that are more feathery than thick or long. The look to be at their longest at the center. Ardell Wispies Black 268 would be perfect.

Lipliner: Yes, same color as the lipstick. MAC Lip Pencil in Currant should do it.

Lipcolor: I found out the exact lipcolors used for this look–Dolce & Gabbana Glam 355 lipstick with Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Deep Plum–but only the¬†Neutrogena one¬†is still available. Sigh. I think if you line and fill in your lips with the liner then put that over it, it wouldn’t be that different.

Who would this look work on? Well, the exact cheek and highlight colors I mentioned are more flattering on medium and dark skintones. They eye makeup would work on any eye color, although Mulch could look a little off on fair skin. I personally love a dark berry lip on women with both dark and light skin, but if you have lighter skin, it will of course be more of a contrast.

Kerry’s makeup artist for this look was Carola Gonzalez.

Some more pictures of this beautiful look:

Kerry Washington Golden GlobesGolden Globes makeup

 

Look Breakdown

Kristen Bell, Kristen Bell Golden Globes
You gotta love her.

 

I love Kristen Bell and I think this would be a great holiday makeup look, so let me break it did-down.

Foundation: Full coverage, matte finish. Concealer under eyes and where needed. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD foundation would be a good choice.

Powder: Matte powder all over. Rimmel Stay Matte Powders are up to this job.

Highlighter: Yes, on cheekbones. It’s subtle though. Benefit Watts Up applied sparingly would work well.

Contour/Bronzer: Contour under cheekbones. I’m a big fan of the Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kits for this.

Cheek Color: A minimal amount of a peachy blush, like MAC Melba.

Eyebrows: Soft taupe brow powder filling in sparseness, accentuating the arch and extending slightly at ends. A very 1950s/Marilyn Monroe shaped brow. Brow powder color will depend on your actual brow color.

Eye Makeup: Gold shadow all over lid. Laura Mercier Gold Seduction would work well. Lighter gold shadow, like MAC Ricepaper, in inner corners. Medium brown matte shadow, like MAC Wedge, in crease, slightly extended at outer corners. Black gel liner, like MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack, smoked out into brown (MAC Brun) or black (MAC Carbon) eyeshadow at top lashline. Brown shadow at outer 2/3 of bottom lashline. Thin brown pencil (like Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner in Scotch) or gel liner smudged out/softened on outer 2/3 bottom lashline.

Mascara: Yes, black mascara top and bottom. Dior Diorshow is my favorite for top lashes. Clinique Bottom lash mascara is great for bottom lashes, as it’s a beauty tubes mascara, so no smudging.

False Lashes: Yes, strip lashes that are fuller on the outer ends.

Lipliner: Yes, same color as the lipstick. MAC Subculture would work for this.

Lipcolor: MAC lipstick in Cherish would be a good match. It’s a soft muted peachy beige with a satin finish. In all of the pictures I’ve looked at, I’m seeing that the center of Kristen’s bottom lip looks lighter. That’s a trick to make it look fuller. Her makeup artist likely applied a gloss with shimmer in it to that area, as shimmer particles reflect light and give the illusion that an area is fuller. So a clear or peachy gloss with shimmer dotted on the center of the bottom lip will do the trick. MAC Florabundance Lipglass would be my choice, but alas, it has gone into the underworld of The Discontinued Products.

This look would work on a lot of people. The shape of the eye makeup works especially well on smaller eyes, and gold shadows often look great on medium skintones. The lipstick may not be as flattering on very fair skin, so you could go for something more pink. This look is kind of classic Old Hollywood with a modern nude lip. I think it’s a great one for a holiday party.

Kristen’s makeup artist for this look was Simone Siegl.

Some more pictures of this beautiful look:

Kristen Bell makeupKristen Bell Golden Globes

 

 

Look Breakdown

Alexa Chung, Longchamp, natural makeup
Alexa Chung for Longchamp

It’s been a minute, but I’m back with a Look Breakdown. Here’s what I think she is wearing for makeup.

Foundation: Medium coverage. Concealer under eyes and where needed.
Powder: Matte powder minimally where needed.
Highlighter: No.
Contour/Bronzer: Light contour under cheekbones.
Cheek Color: Tiniest amount of light pink powder blush, in a shade similar to Dandelion from Benefit. It’s not apparent in this image but can be seen in the print ad.
Eyebrows: Very small amount of brow powder filling in sparseness. This follows the natural shape of the brow–nothing overly drawn in here.
Eye Makeup: Light matte brown shadow (like MAC Wedge) on lids, blended into crease. Dark brown eyeshadow (like MAC Brun) at upper lashline, winged out and softened. Chocolate brown pencil liner smoked out at top lashline, following shadow shape. Slightly lighter brown eyeshadow (like MAC Espresso) applied thinly at bottom lashes. Pencil liner dotted at lash roots and blended. This may have been a retouching effect in the ad, but her waterline looks white. You can get the same effect using and off white pencil liner, like MAC Chromographic pencil in NC 15/NW20 on the waterline.
Mascara: Yes, top and bottom. Not heavily applied.
False Lashes: No.
Lipliner: Most likely, same color as the lipstick. It is softened around the edges.
Lipcolor:¬†A light pink with some small shimmer particles. It looks different in this image–it’s definitely more pink in the print ad. MAC Sandy B would have been a good match but it’s sadly been discontinued.

This look would work on a lot of people. The brown eye makeup works especially well with blue eyes. You can get the same natural effect if you have darker skin than Alexa by choosing an eyeshadow that is a few shades lighter than your skin. MAC Era is good option. It has a little shimmer but not an obvious amount. Also, if you have medium or dark skin, you’ll want to go a little deeper with the pink lipstick. Light lipsticks can be too much of a contrast on darker skin. The shape of this eye makeup works well on those with hooded lids. If you have almond shaped eyes that you don’t want to visually extend the length of, you can eliminate the winged part of this eye makeup.

Look Breakdown

Freida

Foundation: Sheer coverage. Concealer under eyes and where needed.
Powder: Matte powder minimally where needed.
Highlighter: Yes, on browbone.
Contour/Bronzer: Bronzer at hairline and tops of cheekbones.
Cheek Color: Small amount of a rosy color, possibly with some shimmer. I would use a cream blush for this look.
Eyebrows: Filled in with brow powder. The ends were extended to elongate the brow. Front of brows slightly brushed upwards.
Eye Makeup:¬†Copper shadow on lids, cocoa shadow in crease, color a few shades lighter than skin on browbone (see “Highlighter”). Lighter/goldish color in inner corners and at lower lashline. Thick black pencil liner at top lashline, smudged out and layered with black eyeshadow. Liner is extended out past corners of eyes, but not flicked upwards (although it’s hard to tell considering the angle of her head in this photo). ¬†Thin black pencil liner at bottom lashline, smudged into the shadow. Black pencil liner on top and bottom waterline.
Mascara: Yes, top and bottom. Heavy on bottom lashes.
False Lashes: Yes, strip lashes on top, or at least on outer corners.
Lipliner: Most likely, same color as the lipstick. It is softened around the edges.
Lipcolor: A matte purplish pink lipstick. Looks like Candy Yum Yum from MAC.

Look Breakdown

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Foundation: Medium to full coverage, possibly airbrush. Concealer under eyes and where needed.
Powder: Thin layer over whole face.
Highlighter: Minimally down bridge of nose.
Contour/Bronzer: Light contour under cheekbones and at hairline.
Cheek Color: Light bubblegum pink.
Eyebrows: Lightly filled in with brow powder or matte eyeshadow.
Eye Makeup: Matte camel eyeshadow on lid. Black gel eyeliner at top lashline, starting thinner at inner corners and getting thicker towards the edges. Winged out. Black liner on top waterline. Matte brown eyeshadow pushed into lower lash roots for definition.
Mascara: Yes on top, very sparingly on bottom.
False Lashes: Yes, strip lashes on top.
Lipliner: No.
Lipcolor: Nude pink lipstick with gloss in center of lips.

Look Breakdown

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Foundation: Medium to full coverage, possibly airbrush. Concealer under eyes and where needed.
Powder: Matte powder minimally where needed. In some pictures, it looks like a gold shimmer powder was lightly dusted on forehead and cheeks.
Highlighter: Yes, shimmery highlighter on cheekbones and bridge of nose, matte highlighter (or lighter concealer) under eyes.
Contour/Bronzer: Light contour under cheekbones and at hairline.
Cheek Color: Light pinkish red with gold shimmer (or that is the gold shimmer powder I’m seeing).
Eyebrows: Lightly filled in with brow powder or matte eyeshadow.
Eye Makeup: Light gold shimmer on lids, lower lashline, and at inner corners. Dark matte brown shadow at top and bottom lashlines, very thin then thickens at outer corners of eyes. Dark brown liner on lower waterlines, brought all the way in to tearducts.
Mascara: Yes, top and bottom.
False Lashes: Yes, strip lashes on top.
Lipliner: Yes, same color as the lipstick.
Lipcolor: In some pictures, it looks like she is wearing a true red, but it looks brick red in others. Looks like a satin finish or a small amount of Vaseline-type product applied. Does not appear to be a gloss.