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The YouTube makeup trend Kim Kardashian is so done with


If I could go back in time and tell my younger self anything, it would be to put down the Barry M Dazzle Dust, throw away those Urban Decay glitter liners and more importantly leave my god damn eyebrows alone.

Looking back through old photos of yourself is enough to make anyone cringe, even someone like Kim Kardashian who takes more pictures than the £5 photo booth in Sainsbury’s.

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But just like us, Kimmy has her fair share of beauty regrets, as she shared in a post on her website.

“Throughout the years, I’ve tried a lot of beauty trends. It’s fun to look back at the old glam I used to do – a lot of contour, really baked under eye and long lashes. Now, I tend to stick to a monochromatic nude look. I like to keep things simple but I still love to change it up every now and then, so I can try new products.”

Ever the over-sharer (never change Kim), she went on to reveal some of her most embarrassing makeup looks and it turns out that there’s one trend in particular that Kim is so over with.

“Mario and I used to do really heavy baking. Back in 2009 or 2010, having a super light under-eye was the thing to do and I absolutely loved it at the time. But looking back, sometimes i looked a little crazy – especially with the camera flashes.”

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Yes dear readers, I’m afraid it might be time to retire your beauty blenders because every YouTube beauty guru’s favourite trick has officially been declared dead by Kim Kardashian.

Baking is a technique stolen from drag queens, where you apply a large amount of loose powder under your eyes and over your concealer. The concealer is then left to ‘cook’ for anywhere from 5-20 minutes before the excess is dusted away.

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But if Kimmy aka the queen of contour is declaring baking dead then maybe it really is time to give the loose powder a break.

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Now….who wants to break the news to Patrick Starrr?

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Top summer hair and make-up celebrity trends


We’ve seen a lot of crazy beauty fads come and go lately, but there are a few wearable ones that have become hallmarks of summer 2017.

Celebrities like Katy Perry, Kristen Stewart and Emily Ratajkowski have helped propel platinum pixie cuts, orange eyeshadow, here-today-gone-tomorrow bangs and more into the season’s top beauty trends.

The popularity of the looks are showing no signs of slowing down, so now is the perfect time to give one (or more) of them a try. 

For real? Vanessa Hudgens, 28, is the most recent celebrity to take to Instagram to show off faux bangs

One set of fringe, two ways: Jennifer Yepez gave Emily Ratajkowski, 26, fake bangs when her hair was both down and pulled back

One set of fringe, two ways: Jennifer Yepez gave Emily Ratajkowski, 26, fake bangs when her hair was both down and pulled back

Thanks to hairstylists like Jennifer Yepez and Jen Atkin, clip-in bangs were the must-have accessory during the Cannes Film Festival in May.

The hair pros used them to transform the manes of stars like Lily Collins, Emily Ratajkowski and Salma Hayek.

In June, Jen accented Bella Hadid’s blunt bob with yet another set of faux fringe for the CFDA Awards, and Jennifer brought back Emily’s thick bangs during Paris Couture Week in July.

They faked it, too! Bella Hadid (pictured), 20, Cara Delevingne, 24, and Salma Hayek, 50, have all also used clip-in bangs to transform their looks this season

They faked it, too! Bella Hadid, 20, Cara Delevingne (pictured), 24, and Salma Hayek, 50, have all also used clip-in bangs to transform their looks this season

They faked it, too! Bella Hadid, 20, Cara Delevingne, 24, and Salma Hayek (pictured), 50, have all also used clip-in bangs to transform their looks this season

The real deal: Sofia Vergara, 45, cut her fringe for real back in July

Since then, the clip-in style has also been spotted on Cara Delevingne and, most recently, Vanessa Hudgens.

The only A-lister to make a permanent bang change this summer has been Sofia Vergara, who cut hers in July and hasn’t been seen without them since.

If you’re not ready to try fringe for real, try Hairdo Effortless Clip-In Bangs ($26.50, qvc.com) or True by Ellen Wille Clip-In Bangs ($384, wigs.com). You may want to take them to your stylist to have them cut or dyed to match your natural hair. 

Twinning: Katy Perry (left), 32, and Cara (right) had such similar platinum pixie cuts at the Chanel Couture show in Paris in July that it was easy to mistake one for the other

Short hair, don't care: Katy has gradually taken her crop shorter, choosing to leave it longer on the top and front, while Cara is growing out hers after shaving her head in April

Short hair, don't care: Katy has gradually taken her crop shorter, choosing to leave it longer on the top and front, while Cara is growing out hers after shaving her head in April

How short can you go? Kristen Stewart (pictured), 27, and Zoe Kravitz, 28, have also debuted closely cropped, bleached styles

How short can you go? Kristen Stewart, 27, and Zoe Kravitz (pictured), 28, have also debuted closely cropped, bleached styles

If there has been one defining haircut of the summer, it’s been the platinum pixie. 

Ever since Cara Delevingne shaved her head for her role in the film Life in a Year back in April, multiple stars have followed suit, opting for the slightly longer, grown-out version Cara has been sporting lately.

During the Chanel Couture Show in Paris in July, for example, attendees Cara and Katy Perry were practically indistinguishable from each other.

Kristen Stewart and Zoe Kravitz have also taken the platinum plunge in recent months.

If you’ve been considering joining the club, celebrity hairstylist Mara Roszak, who works with Cara says, ‘DO IT!’

Once you’ve gone the bleached route, protect your color – and your hair – with products like It’s a 10 Haircare’s Five Minute Hair Repair For Blondes mask ($21, itsa10haircare.com) and John Frieda Sheer Blonde Brilliantly Brighter Shampoo and Conditioner ($10 each, ulta.com).

Orange you glad they didn't wear a different color? Jourdun Dunn (pictured), 27, and Selena Gomez, 25, have proved how versatile the bright eyeshadow shade can be

Orange you glad they didn't wear a different color? Jourdun Dunn, 27, and Selena Gomez (pictured), 25, have proved how versatile the bright eyeshadow shade can be

Think you can't wear orange on your eyes? Let Chloe Grace Moretz (pictured), 20, Zendaya, 20, and Lucy Hale, 28, convince you otherwise. All three have made it work in the past few months

Think you can't wear orange on your eyes? Let Chloe Grace Moretz, 20, Zendaya (pictured), 20, and Lucy Hale, 28, convince you otherwise. All three have made it work in the past few months

Think you can't wear orange on your eyes? Let Chloe Grace Moretz, 20, Zendaya, 20, and Lucy Hale (pictured), 28, convince you otherwise. All three have made it work in the past few months

Orange eyeshadow has been trending for a while, but it has recently reached peek color status due to stars like Jourdan Dunn, Selena Gomez, Chloe Grace Moretz, Zendaya and more.

So what’s with the newfound crush on orange? Lucy Hale’s make-up artist Kelsey Deenihan explained it to Femail this way: ‘We have the smoky eyes, and a lot of times you see them done in jewel tones or the bronze smoky eye, but the new colors, like orange, are a fun way to give a new take on a classic eye.’

The proliferation of palettes built around the shade certainly don’t hurt, either. The Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette ($54, sephora.com) and MAC Girls Palette in Mischief Minx ($39.50, nordstrom.com) make it easy to play around with the bold hue.    

From wavy to straight: After Jen Atkin cut 33-year-old Khloe Kardashian's hair into a short bob (pictured), fellow stylist Justine Marjan straighted her strands into a sleek '90s style

From wavy to straight: After Jen Atkin cut Khloe Kardashian's hair into a short bob, fellow stylist Justine Marjan straighted her strands into a sleek '90s style (pictured)

Like seemingly everything ’90s, pin-straight hairstyles are back. 

One need not look further than the Kardashian-Jenner clan for proof. Kim Kardashian West, Kendall Jenner and Khloe Kardashian have all shown an affinity for sleek strands lately.

Kendall regularly wears her long bob parted down the middle and stick straight, oftentimes the work of stylist Jen Atkin.

All in the family: Khloe's sisters Kendall Jenner (pictured), 21, and Kim Kardashian West, 36, have also stepped out with stick-straight, high-gloss manes in the past few months

All in the family: Khloe's sisters Kendall Jenner, 21, and Kim Kardashian West (pictured), 36, have also stepped out with stick-straight, high-gloss manes in the past few months

Jen also provided the impetus for Khloe to take the trend for a spin when she cut the Kardashian sister’s hair into a chin-length bob on Monday. Shortly after, fellow hair pro Justine Marjan gave the cut a ‘super straight and ’90s’ style.

And less than week ago, Chris Appleton gave Kim a waist-length, high-gloss style.

To copy the look, bust out your flat iron (we like Amika The Antidote Silk Wrap Styler, $150, sephora.com). Just don’t forget a heat protectant (try Jen’s Ouai Smooth Spray, $26, theouai.com) and shine serum (pick up Tresemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum, $5, target.com).

 



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’90s Makeup Artists and Trends


After the 1980s when everyone wore bright, inexpensive makeup, there was a slow burnout on cosmetics. Models like Kate Moss hit the scene with seemingly nothing on their faces, and Jennifer Aniston had the new hot hairstyle. After years of doing a full face of makeup and spraying their hair all day with Aqua Net, women were ready for something simple.

We all threw out our hot pink lipsticks and our neon green and pastel blue shadows. Our hair flattened out a bit, and Cyndi Lauper and Pat Benatar were no longer our fashion idols. They had been replaced by Gwyneth Paltrow and Alicia Silverstone, women who were classically beautiful with very little makeup in neutral tones.

Yet nobody really knew how to create a classic look on their face. We all wanted that perfect no-makeup look. Enter the makeup artists. Suddenly, makeup artists were gods and goddesses. Three leaders in this industry — Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, and Trish McEvoy — hit the cosmetics scene in the ’90s, and everyone became obsessed.

These were real-live people. They were on the Today show and The Oprah Winfrey Show, and they had celebrity-like appearances in Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, and Nordstrom. Women lined up in droves to meet these artists and possibly have them touch their faces.

There was no Instagram or Facebook; there was no beauty blogger to tell us what to do. The makeup artist was the master of our universe, and we listened to them religiously. Some of them even published books, and women would pore through them looking at the different looks and trying to figure out how to do their makeup following the instructions found in the gorgeous pages.

Kevyn Aucoin, a self-made celebrity makeup artist turned industry god, wrote three books featuring celebrities like Demi Moore and Janet Jackson, whom he made into beauty icons using makeup. He was the first person who seemed to be able to transform someone’s face with makeup, and everyone in the know was obsessed. I read those books over and over again, just staring at the beautiful pictures. I once stood in line for hours at Henri Bendel for a chance to meet Kevyn at the debut of his makeup line in 2001.

It was a great time for the makeup junkie. The makeup artist would show us how to use the products that they created. Nowadays the makeup star is the user; we look to the beauty blogger who “beats her own face” all day and shows us how she does it as the modern-day “expert.” I feel especially connected to this, since I am a working makeup artist!

While you are perusing those new aisles in Sephora or your local department store, take a trip down memory lane and rediscover the amazing lasting products of the 1990s that are here to stay.



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Selena Gomez and Kendall Jenner’s makeup artist on mistakes to avoid


Selena Gomez is one of makeup artist Hung Vanngo’s most famous celebrity clients. He created this look for the premiere of her Netflix show 13 Reasons Why. Picture: Hung Vanngo/Instagram

SCROLLING through Instagram in 2017, you could be forgiven for thinking elaborate glitter eyes and thick, heavy brows are the makeup trends everyday women want to wear.

But a quiet show of defiance against the over-the-top and gimmicky looks filling our feeds is currently taking place in the beauty world. Because really, who has time to “bake” their face in the morning?

Leading the charge is celebrity makeup artist Hung Vanngo, who regularly paints the faces of some of Hollywood’s biggest names.

Vanngo is famous for making women look like the most gorgeous versions of themselves — with glowing skin, a bold eye, a bushy brow — and little else.

His 636,000 Instagram followers are regularly treated to selfies from Kendall Jenner, Selena Gomez and Karlie Kloss, showing off Vanngo’s handiwork.

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“My aesthetic is making women more beautiful. It’s really my thing,” Vanngo told news.com.au in an interview to promote his new global artist ambassador role with Marc Jacobs Beauty.

“I appreciate all the artistic and fun makeup, but at the end of the day, every woman wants to look their most beautiful. That’s really how I approach makeup nowadays in my work,” he said.

Born in Vietnam, Vanngo migrated to Canada and moved to New York in 2006, where he assisted on fashion shoots before transitioning into event and red carpet makeup.

His client roster is impressive — think Katy Perry, Emily Ratajkowski, Ashley Graham and Jennifer Lopez — and their sultry selfies have earned Vanngo a spot among Instagram’s most popular beauty accounts.

He’s done celebrity makeup for the Met Gala, the Oscars and countless red carpet events, where his clients have one request: make me look beautiful.

So for those of us at home without Vanngo’s talents, he says if we avoid making these five common makeup mistakes, we’ll be on our way to Selena-worthy glam.

1. Your foundation doesn’t match your skin tone

“I think the most common mistake is definitely the foundation not being the right colour. I think that trying to match a shade is key,” he said. Hot tip: ask the makeup counter for a sample and test it in natural light.

2. You haven’t blended everything properly

“Blending the foundation and blending the makeup is key,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you want to wear a heavy contour or an almost bare face. Everybody is different. But whatever your look, it needs to be well blended to look good.”

3. You stick to boring, dull eyeshadow colours

“People should realise a little colour does give a very nice lift to the face. When the colour is too neutral, you look a little flat,” he said.

“That’s why I like to experiment with more colours. Of course I love brown, but I like more warm brown colours. I like to experiment. It gives so much life to the face that greys or nudes or taupes.”

4. You only use your fingers, not brushes

“For blush and for lips you can use fingers, but for eyes, yes, [brushes are] essential. We [Marc Jacobs Beauty] just came out with three new eye brushes [The Crease, The Shadow and The Smudge],” he said.

“Those three are key for people to create a beautiful smoky eye. It’s important because the position you cannot get from the finger.”

5. You’ve just got too much makeup on

“Sometimes people have a little too much of everything. Do a strong eye or strong lip then a little less on the eyebrows,” he said.

“I think if you put too much eye, too much lip, you have to balance it out. Where do you think is the focus? Pick one.”

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Photos Of Upside Down Makeup Prove It’s A Much Easier Trend To Master Than You Think


There are tons of different celebrity makeup trends out there. Every time another A-lister walks the red carpet, there’s another product to buy or makeup look to try. Thankfully, this one is easier than ever. The upside-down eye look is the latest celebrity trend to try. Ready for the best part? You already have everything you need in your makeup bag. Here’s everything you need to know to nail the look, according to a professional makeup artist.

You know when you’re in a hurry and accidentally smudge out your lower lash line too much? Well, it just became the newest trend. As you might’ve already guessed, the upside down trend focusses on the lower lash line instead of the top. Whether you’re looking to add some color or smoke out your everyday shadow, this trend is all about being bold.

“The upside down makeup trend is a new take on the ‘reverse smokey eye’ or ‘drop eyeshadow.’ Instead of the focus being on the lid and crease of the eye, a pop of color is concentrated on the lower lash line,” says Kelli J. Bartlett, Glamsquad Director of Artistry. “This creates an unexpected, yet chic look, perfect for experimenting with color.”

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It turns out that it’s pretty easy to recreate too. According to Bartlett, all you have to do is line your inner and lower lash line and smudge the lower lash line with a brush. To increase the colors, add a little bit of shadow to the brush and layer the product on the lash line to lock in the color. It’s that simple!

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The best part about this trend is that you can easily use high-end of drugstore makeup. Not to mention it looks great with just about every single color. Celebrities love wearing blue, but you could easily tailor the trend to any color that makes your eyes pop the most. Heck, you could even switch it up to make it work for every season.

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There’s nothing better than a makeup trend that you can nail with items that you already have in your makeup bag. If only all beauty trends were this simple!



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The latest celebrity-approved trends in semi-permanent makeup


By Julia Seidl


From Hailey Baldwin and Kendall Jenner’s matching broken-heart tattoos to Angelina Jolie’s well-documented series of body art, celebrities are no strangers to a touch of ink. But they’re not the only kind of tattoos favoured by the Hollywood crowd.


Semi-permanent makeup – a variant on the tattoo – is creating buzz among those seeking fuller eyebrows, lusher lashes, even more youthful-looking lips. They’re not the makeup tattoos of yesteryear: digital technology, more precise needles and blades, plus advancements in ink shades, yield more-natural looking results that last about two years, meaning you won’t be permanently inked if trends change dramatically!


The demand for Cara Delevingne-esque eyebrows has ushered in the craze for microblading. The most popular form of semi-permanent makeup, for many it is the answer to natural-looking brows, whether your genes left you with sparse hairs or you were overzealous with the tweezers.

TAP TO VIEW GALLERYActress Bella Thorne
It took micro-blading expert Júlia Faria Almassian two hours to create Bella Thorne’s full arches


Angelina Jolie and Gwen Stefani are said to be microblading enthusiasts, and 19-year-old actress Bella Thorne has invited fans in on the action, documenting every step of the procedure on social media.


Júlia Faria Elmassian, the L.A.-based microblade expert who crafted Bella’s brows, explains the appeal. “To the naked eye, you see hairs, not a powdered look or a dark line like you used to get with a traditional tattoo.” She uses a small angled blade, rather than a needle, to cut the skin in tiny strokes that mimic individual hairs. Ink is then deposited into each stroke.


“We use a manual tool, not a machine, and we don’t go as deep as a traditional tattoo and we don’t deposit as much ink, so we are able to create very fine lines that resemble hairs. I aim for very thin hair strokes that blend with a client’s real hair.”


A full appointment, including consultation, numbing and drawing, takes an hour and a half, with a touch-up appointment four to six weeks later. As for the level of pain on a scale of one to 10, Júlia says her clients rate it at a three. “It feels like a scratch for most. Clients have said it’s much less painful than a regular tattoo.”

Angelina Jolie
Gwen Stefani and Angelina Jolie are also said to be fans of the procedure

LIP SERVICE


It used to be that injectables were the only way to achieve a plump, pillowy pout, but thanks to advances in tattoo technology, repigmentation means youthful-looking lips are only a digital pen stroke away. “As we age, our lips crack and fade predominantly from wind, sun damage and use,” says Emilia Berry, semi-permanent makeup artist to the stars and founder of New York City-based PermaLine Cosmetics. “It’s common for lips to become patchy.”


Emilia offers an “ombré lips” service, using a digital pen to exert control over both the speed and depth of the needle to precisely implant a hint of colour that punches up a client’s natural shade by a hue or two. As a result, “the lips will have the illusion of fullness along with being rejuvenated and smooth, in a very natural way,” says Emilia.


She achieves this effect by matching the pigment colour to the inner lip. “This is usually the best indication of the natural lip colour. I then discuss the client’s desired result with them and adjust accordingly.” To create the illusion of fuller lips, Emilia enhances the lip line ever so slightly.


It’s worth noting that your lips will appear bolder immediately after a treatment, fading to the desired shade within three days and continuing to do so as they heal. That’s why Emilia recommends starting with a lighter shade. “We can always go darker at the touch-up. We cannot go lighter.” Like microblading, the process is quite brief – between an hour and 90 minutes – with a touch-up eight weeks later. Emilia says most clients rate the pain at a two to a four on a 10-point scale.

Gwen Stefani

LASHINGS OF INK


While false lashes and eyelash extensions are standard for celebrities both on- and off-camera, a new procedure might make these standbys a thing of the past. Lashline enhancement involves a semi-permanent application of tiny dots and hair strokes, applied within the line of the lash, to give the illusion of a naturally full set of eyelashes.


Don’t get this confused with semi-permanent eyeliner, which is a decorative line drawn on top of the lash base. Lashline enhancement uses a digital micro-pigmentation pen to fill in any gaps in the lash line – top, bottom or both – for a denser lash base and a more defined eye.


After the two- to three-hour appointment, downtime is almost non-existent, with many patients returning to work immediately afterwards. For patients fearful of anyone wielding a needle so close to their eye, rest reassured that most clients rate the level of pain at a four. And like microblading and ombré lips, the results will only last a few years.


“Our faces change over the years as we age and trends also change,” notes Emilia. “It’s important that your semi-permanent makeup can adapt with you.”


‘To the naked eye you see hairs not a powdered look or dark line like you used to get with a traditional tattoo’

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Summer 2017 makeup trends with Glam App creators Cara Santana and Joey Maalouf – Story


– Colorful cat eye, bold brows and matching lip and cheek stain are just a few of 2017’s summer makeup trends!

Actress Cara Santana and celebrity hair and makeup artist Joey Maalouf joined us Monday on Good Day LA to share some of their favorite looks.

Together they created The Glam App, which allows customers to order hair, makeup and nail services to their door – on demand! It also allows stylists of all experience levels to sign up and build their clientele.

The pair spoke a little more about the Glam App in the green room before show:

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The latest celebrity-approved trends in semi-permanent makeup


By Julia Seidl


From Hailey Baldwin and Kendall Jenner’s matching broken-heart tattoos to Angelina Jolie’s well-documented series of body art, celebrities are no strangers to a touch of ink. But they’re not the only kind of tattoos favoured by the Hollywood crowd.


Semi-permanent makeup – a variant on the tattoo – is creating buzz among those seeking fuller eyebrows, lusher lashes, even more youthful-looking lips. They’re not the makeup tattoos of yesteryear: digital technology, more precise needles and blades, plus advancements in ink shades, yield more-natural looking results that last about two years, meaning you won’t be permanently inked if trends change dramatically!


The demand for Cara Delevingne-esque eyebrows has ushered in the craze for microblading. The most popular form of semi-permanent makeup, for many it is the answer to natural-looking brows, whether your genes left you with sparse hairs or you were overzealous with the tweezers.

TAP TO VIEW GALLERYActress Bella Thorne
It took micro-blading expert Júlia Faria Almassian two hours to create Bella Thorne’s full arches


Angelina Jolie and Gwen Stefani are said to be microblading enthusiasts, and 19-year-old actress Bella Thorne has invited fans in on the action, documenting every step of the procedure on social media.


Júlia Faria Elmassian, the L.A.-based microblade expert who crafted Bella’s brows, explains the appeal. “To the naked eye, you see hairs, not a powdered look or a dark line like you used to get with a traditional tattoo.” She uses a small angled blade, rather than a needle, to cut the skin in tiny strokes that mimic individual hairs. Ink is then deposited into each stroke.


“We use a manual tool, not a machine, and we don’t go as deep as a traditional tattoo and we don’t deposit as much ink, so we are able to create very fine lines that resemble hairs. I aim for very thin hair strokes that blend with a client’s real hair.”


A full appointment, including consultation, numbing and drawing, takes an hour and a half, with a touch-up appointment four to six weeks later. As for the level of pain on a scale of one to 10, Júlia says her clients rate it at a three. “It feels like a scratch for most. Clients have said it’s much less painful than a regular tattoo.”

Angelina Jolie
Gwen Stefani and Angelina Jolie are also said to be fans of the procedure

LIP SERVICE


It used to be that injectables were the only way to achieve a plump, pillowy pout, but thanks to advances in tattoo technology, repigmentation means youthful-looking lips are only a digital pen stroke away. “As we age, our lips crack and fade predominantly from wind, sun damage and use,” says Emilia Berry, semi-permanent makeup artist to the stars and founder of New York City-based PermaLine Cosmetics. “It’s common for lips to become patchy.”


Emilia offers an “ombré lips” service, using a digital pen to exert control over both the speed and depth of the needle to precisely implant a hint of colour that punches up a client’s natural shade by a hue or two. As a result, “the lips will have the illusion of fullness along with being rejuvenated and smooth, in a very natural way,” says Emilia.


She achieves this effect by matching the pigment colour to the inner lip. “This is usually the best indication of the natural lip colour. I then discuss the client’s desired result with them and adjust accordingly.” To create the illusion of fuller lips, Emilia enhances the lip line ever so slightly.


It’s worth noting that your lips will appear bolder immediately after a treatment, fading to the desired shade within three days and continuing to do so as they heal. That’s why Emilia recommends starting with a lighter shade. “We can always go darker at the touch-up. We cannot go lighter.” Like microblading, the process is quite brief – between an hour and 90 minutes – with a touch-up eight weeks later. Emilia says most clients rate the pain at a two to a four on a 10-point scale.

Gwen Stefani

LASHINGS OF INK


While false lashes and eyelash extensions are standard for celebrities both on- and off-camera, a new procedure might make these standbys a thing of the past. Lashline enhancement involves a semi-permanent application of tiny dots and hair strokes, applied within the line of the lash, to give the illusion of a naturally full set of eyelashes.


Don’t get this confused with semi-permanent eyeliner, which is a decorative line drawn on top of the lash base. Lashline enhancement uses a digital micro-pigmentation pen to fill in any gaps in the lash line – top, bottom or both – for a denser lash base and a more defined eye.


After the two- to three-hour appointment, downtime is almost non-existent, with many patients returning to work immediately afterwards. For patients fearful of anyone wielding a needle so close to their eye, rest reassured that most clients rate the level of pain at a four. And like microblading and ombré lips, the results will only last a few years.


“Our faces change over the years as we age and trends also change,” notes Emilia. “It’s important that your semi-permanent makeup can adapt with you.”


‘To the naked eye you see hairs not a powdered look or dark line like you used to get with a traditional tattoo’

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Celebrity make-up artist Lauren Murphy on The Voice UK shares her predictions for the world’s beauty trends


Celeb make-up artist Lauren Murphy tells us why natural beauty should champion the current beauty trends of contouring and plastic surgery

It’s a craze that, like most trends these days, took over social media when Kim Kardashian championed it on Instagram – and it has since become immensely popular, with vloggers and bloggers uploading tutorial videos and sharing their own contouring creations. But celebrity make-up artist Lauren Murphy thinks that contouring is masking real beauty, rather than creating it.

Lauren, who I meet in the dressing room at The Voice UK, says: “Contouring is a huge craze and I’ll be happy to see it go! I did like but it’s just become too much. I’m all about natural beauty and I think women should be enhancing their features, not changing their face shape.”

“Everyone is wanting this certain look at the moment – the big lips, the contoured face, the highlighter. It’s going a little bit too far and because it’s so easy to change your face, people are doing that rather than working with their own beauty.”

Lauren, who has worked with the likes of Kirsty Gallagher, Martine McCutcheon and James Corden during career, also admits that she thinks it’s a shame that young people are turning to plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments, such as lip fillers, Botox and nose jobs, and thinks it’s a trend that will die out.

“There’s a lack of education on social media at the moment – people see this one look – the Kylie Jenner type look – and want to emulate it. What young people need to realise is that you can get an amazing effect – of bigger lips, of smoother skin – without having to get cosmetic surgery or fillers. It’s a shame that everyone wants to change their look so much these days – they should be celebrating natural beauty!

“People in the public eye are role models to younger girls as well and a lot of people are doing this at too young and age now. They need to realise you can learn to do make-up well instead of going under the knife.”

“I think it’ll be like boob jobs. It’ll be a craze and then suddenly it’ll be fashionable to look natural, and everyone will wish they never did it.”

Contouring has become a huge craze over the last few years

Instead, Lauren, who is currently working with contestants from The Voice and advising them on their skincare, celebrates natural beauty and believes that working with your own individual features will create your best look. And Lauren says that good skincare is one of the most essential aspects of looking your best.

“With all the acts, I’m giving them make-up tips but I’m focusing on telling them how to look after their skin at the moment. They’re obviously wearing a lot of make-up currently– stage and TV make-up is heavy as it needs to be seamless – and may be dealing with stress, which can lead to breakouts. So they have to be cleansing their skin properly!

Always cleanse your skin before you put make-up on and I advise putting on a moisturiser before you put on make-up too.

And if you don’t take off your make-up properly after your day, it can clog up and irritate the skin – especially overnight, as that’s when the skin repairs itself. The NIVEA Micellar water is amazing for that – I use it on my clients twice: first to remove make-up and secondly to cleanse the skin.”

While she believes that the exaggerated beauty trends will die down and hopes that people go back to celebrating their natural beauty, Lauren predicts that another make-up may take off.

“I think men’s make-up could really take off! I’ve worked with a lot of men and a lot of them get a full face of make up these days. The main thing with guys is the de-shine – as they don’t want to be looking all sweaty on stage – so most of them get that. Others may just have a bit of concealer or tinted moisturizer.

“All the men I’ve worked with really love it! They love sitting in the make-up chair and having a bit of a goss – it’s like secret pampering that they can get away with!”

Lauren’s Top Cleansing Products are:

· NIVEA Daily Essentials Micellar Cleansing Water £3.29
· NIVEA Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-up Remover £3.59
· NIVEA Daily Essentials Micellar Cleansing Wipes – £3.25



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Celebrity Makeup Artist Sam Fine Shares His Beauty Secrets


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Veteran makeup artist Sam Fine has a resume that extends as far back as Brandy‘s “I Wanna Be Down” remix video directed by Hype Williams. In case you were wondering, the set of that video is where Sam first met his longtime client Queen Latifah. Fine has had the pleasure of working with numerous stars over the course of his twenty plus year career, and even has had made up multiple generations of women from Jillian Harvey to her mom Vanessa Williams.

We recently spoke with Sam to get his legendary beauty tips as well as discuss no-makeup makeup and beauty trends we should try this spring. Keep reading below for his advice!

How did you get started in makeup industry?

I moved to NYC at 17 with intentions of going to Parsons because I loved art and I was a fashion illustrator. I took this job and they ended up calling me back for their first Manhattan location and I moved to New York City when I was 19. I always call working at the cosmetic counter: the real school of beauty. It helped me understand makeup. It was the perfect training ground for me because I had no formal training so it was a wonderful opportunity to learn. It put me in contact with so many people doing wonderful things and people who referred me to Fran Cooper who is now a mentor of mine and Kevyn Aucoin, which is how I started working Fashion Week. I started working with Fran Cooper and assisted her for some fashion shows and then she referred me to Kevyn Aucoin.

I did everyone from Issac Mizrahi to Tracy Reese to Badgley Mischka to Donna Karan. Everywhere that Fran or Kevyn went, I did too. Fortunately, later on, these are shows I then keyed as opposed to being the artist. I took over the Fernando Sanchez show, Geoffrey Beene’s installations that I did for two or three seasons, Tracy Reese’s show, Byron Lars’ show. And this was the period of Naomi, Christy, Linda and Tyra was just coming up and Beverly Peele. This was a wonderful time for Black beauty and makeup. This is when we were still tweezing brows and bleaching brows and the looks were so specific in a way they aren’t today. The pendulum has swung dramatically when we look at American beauty and fashion today.

How did you first work with Queen Latifah?

Long before she was a CoverGirl, I was working with Brandy and Hype Williams was doing her remix video for “I Wanna Be Down” and they said “Yo Sam we’re using rappers Queen Latifah, MC Lyte and YoYo and you’re going to do them too.” And that’s how I met Queen Latifah.

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I always say you have to be in it to win it because everything is a chance meeting. It’s really a small world and when you look at how celebrities have changed, Vanessa Williams, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, they all started in singing but they become Oscar-winning actresses and more and part of that journey is they picked us up along the way. I was fortunate enough to work with Queen Latifah on her first CoverGirl ad. It’s just getting in the room.

Let’s talk about the juxtaposition of doing makeup for mom and daughter Vanessa Williams and daughter Jillian Harvey of Lion Babe.

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Having started my career with someone like Patti LaBelle and working with Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan, you have to have a range and understanding of what beauty means to these women of a certain age and that goes back to the cosmetic counter. If I were to play with trends on Patti, it would almost look like a throwback to Patti versus present day as opposed to doing something like that on a new generation kid and calling it a new trend. So there’s always that point of difference. I can play with Jillian and do glitter and black smokey eyes and really fun things that I used to do with Vanessa. She’s my longest standing client. I’ve been with her for 22 years. I did Jillian for prom! Whether I’m doing Vanessa for her wedding or Miss America pageant, it’s about finding a classic look that keeps her fresh without trying the trends.

How has makeup changed for the better and for the worse since you started in the ‘90s?

I remember when I was working with Naomi Campbell and I had a huge fight with a photographer over the way that I had done a darker liner on the outer perimeter, which was very classic to Naomi. Doing a darker liner around the perimeter for women of color and then beige or glossy in the center was a trend. We saw that trend taken by our sisters with black liner and really pale lips and not blended well. That’s always going to happen. Now Instagram makeup artists have the viewership that magazines don’t have anymore, so they’re being inspired by these YouTubers and Instagram artists and those looks really work well for them, but don’t work for everyone else. You’re going to find the layman’s terms and people will make mistakes trying to achieve the look, whether that’s lashes that are a bit stronger than they need to be for everyday or liner that’s a bit more dramatic for daywear or brows that aren’t as natural. But it’s an attempt by real women to do the look. It’s their effort in trying to achieve these looks online. There’s a best and a worst of it.

Imagine how the average woman is faring with all of the makeup options today! It seems really easy when you watch a three-minute clip and think you can replicate it, but there’s so much artistry that goes into it. For me, the worst part is that there is a lot more education and inspiration out there, but there’s a lot less of an understanding of when you do it, why you do it and how you do it and what works best on you.

What are your thoughts on no-makeup makeup?

No-makeup makeup can almost be as complicated as outstanding makeup. A lot of people think it requires less skill and less time but it actually requires more. It’s going to take the same amount of time to apply the makeup, but you have to be more strategic because now you have the absence of color. There’s more attention to the skin, there’s more attention to where the glow is placed, where the powder sits versus the contour and highlighting that we’re used to. This has to really look like you so the best time to do that is during daylight. Daylight helps you see everything so you can really ensure it’s at its minimum best. It’s all about the illusion especially if you’re a woman of a certain age, especially if you have any blemishes, especially if you have any discoloration, and so forth.

What are the top three makeup trends for spring?

It’s hard to speak to trends. In the same way we’re talking about fast fashion, we have to look at beauty in the same respect. Women aren’t preached to the way they used to. They are finding trends, and playing them and wearing them on their own. Spring speaks to the release of really great florals. You’re outside more and it’s sunny so as a woman of color, you’ll get more warmer in skin tone so bronzers, luminizers and highlighters come into play. I prefer powders for women of color because they tend to be more oily. Women of color have to work hard to get that glow without looking greasy. Blush is slowly making a comeback for women of color because it brings such life to skin. We’re not afraid to try stronger colors in a way we didn’t before. The fact is that women today are making their own choices and they’re looking at what’s coming out with cosmetic companies and what’s on YouTube and Instagram and they’re following their own rules!

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What’s your key makeup advice to everyday women, and what should they focus on?

Makeup is a personality so for some women, lashes are the most important thing like Queen Latifah whose brows and lashes are faint. For someone else, it may be skin, like Paula Patton. It’s about letting women know that the goal isn’t duplicating everything that that makeup artist did to you. The goal isn’t to replicate everything that that YouTuber taught you. Think of two products they are suggesting that you don’t own. Those are the things you want to incorporate. Focus on two things you don’t have and you don’t know, and then you can move on from there. You’re never going to spend time with five new products and learn how to manipulate all of them at once.

What’s one makeup trick that every woman should know?

I know YouTube and Instagram has helped a lot of the kids to get past their fear of foundation but you still have a lot of women age 30 and up still on the verge like “it’s not my thing yet.” You have to realize the way that foundation is phrased is it’s another word we use like we refer to bras and panties. Foundation really does give you the base for those bronzers to sit on beautifully, it gives you the ability to create and contour in a way that powders just don’t do the same thing, and it has a much more effortless appeal. And foundations have so many formulas! You can find luminosity and dewiness in those and that amps the skin up as well. I feel like the one thing that women are still missing out on is understanding the importance of foundation and concealer and how they can choose to wear just the concealer, or just a tinted moisturizer or both. Or you can use a cream stick foundation in certain areas where they need it most and then use liquid everywhere else so it’s more sheer. I think we’re still buying into the rules and regulations of buying one foundation and it servicing the whole face and that’s not really how makeup artists work, and I want to see more women do this.

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