“Brush with Fame” Challenge #2: Classic Hollywood Makeup Tutorial

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I think a makeup look that every gal should have in her beauty arsenal is the classic old Hollywood inspired look. It is one of those timeless trends that will look good on the red carpet no matter what the season is. When I envision this classic look, it’s all about glowing skin (with properly defined features, of course), a red lip, and the most important element – a strong eye featuring lashes for days! Here are a few examples of celebs who do it right:

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Adele, Gwen Stefani, and Katy Perry all strike the perfect balance for that classic Hollywood face. While the red lips certainly draw attention, I think the real star of this look is the eyes. As you can tell from the photos, each one of these ladies pair eyeshadow in shimmering neutral tones with a serious pair of lashes. Luckily, L.A. Colors Cosmetics has some absolutely amazing eye makeup products that make pulling this look off a total breeze! I am obsessed with the L.A. Colors 16 Color Eyeshadow Palette and the DramatiLash False Lash Kit! The L.A. Colors Jumbo Eye Pencils are perfect for properly defining the eye for this specific look too. See below for the rest of products I used to channel my inner Hollywood goddess:

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Step 1: Start off by applying L.A. Colors Mineral Pressed Powder all over the skin to provide an even canvas for the look. To add definition and really sculpt the face, use the 3D Blush Contour palette in Sugar Plum, sweeping on the contour shade underneath the cheekbones, across the jawline, and down the sides of the nose. Brush on the highlight color to the high planes of the face and dust some blush onto the apples of your cheeks to pull together the look.

Step 2: Create a strong, thick winged liner on your top lid using L.A. Colors Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black. The thickness of the pencil will make it easy to create this effect. Line underneath the bottom lashes, smudging gently so there is subtle definition under the lower lid. For even more oomph, line the inner rim (or waterline) with L.A. Colors Jumbo Eye Pencil in White. This timeless trick will really open the eye, make your peepers appear larger, and brighten your overall look. I also like to add a little white to the inner corner of the eye near the tear duct and blend up to the lower corner of your top lid for added effect.

Step 3: Dust on a champagne shimmer shadow to the entire lid. (I love the second shadow from the top left row in the L.A. Colors 16 Color Eyeshadow Palette in Sweet for this.) Blend a darker bronze color (like the second from the left in the bottom row) to the crease to add drama and create definition. Pop a really light color (like the whitish shimmer in the bottom right hand corner of the palette) onto the brow bone. I also used this same shimmer shade to brush along my cheekbones for extra glam highlighting. This is a timeless color combo that will always be on trend.

Step 4: To really enhance the eyes, apply two coats of L.A. Colors Double Volume Mascara on the upper and lower lashes before applying false eyelashes. The mascara on your natural lashes will create a more blended look when the fake ones are placed on top. For this particular look, I love the first top set from the DramatiLash Little Flirt collection. This kit comes with glue and everything you need to apply the false lashes. Just apply a little glue along the base of the band, wait a few moments for the glue to get tacky, then place gently onto the lash line.

Step 5: Now that the eyes are properly played up, all that’s left to do is pop on the red lipstick (I used L.A. Colors Hydrating Lipstick in Dark Cherry) and you’re good to go! Happy Hollywooding. 😉

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[Disclosure: This post is part of a five part series. I was selected to compete in the “Brush with Fame Challenge” by In Touch magazine, Life&Style Magazine, and L.A. Colors Cosmetics! I received these products to participate. Keep an eye out for upcoming challenge posts!]
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